|To hold the
OTA firmly to the aluminum dovetail plate, two cradle rings were custom made from
.750" inch teak wood. The hinge for each cradle ring will be comprised of two oval plates of
.250" thick aluminum to aid in enabling the top halves to swing away
from the tube without damaging the finish of the OTA. Addition holes
must be drilled to receive dowel nuts for attachment to the dovetail
plate and for securing to the telescope's main tube. Their design was
inspired by those CNC cut aluminum cradle rings typically sold by Astro-Tech,
ADM, William Optics, etc. We will cover the finishing process of these
bad boys later.
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