German Equatorial Mount
The following pages will describe the design and construction of a German Equatorial Mount to be used in conjunction with Mel Bartel's Scope Drive Software. A 3D CAD software package was used to lay out the overall dimensions of the mount to ensure that the drive gears would clear the base and allow full movement of the scope. Most of the material used in the construction was aluminum obtained from a scrap metal yard. While the majority of the aluminum was 6061 T6 alloy, other alloys were used because they were all that was available.