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Drive Mount Drive and Mount Drive and Mount
Sturdy German Equatorial Telescope Mounts | Precision Telescope Worm and Gear Clock Drives

Optic-Craft Machining was founded in order to aid the amateur astronomer in constructing telescopes at a minimal cost without sacrificing important features and quality workmanship.

The advantage in our product line is a quality machined assembly at reasonable cost.

Twenty years of research and development result in simplicity and rigidity, coupled with smooth and effortless axial turn.

Satisfied buyers include universities, foundations, schools, research companies, NASA and numerous private individuals from almost all states.

We have two styles of mountings. Models 1 and 2 are bushing mounts with up to fifty-two pounds load capacity; Thrust bearings are available for Models 1 and 2. Models 3 through Model 10 have load capacity from sixty to eight hundred pounds and use proven Pillow-Block bearings eliminating need for thrust bearings. Select from this list of Telescope Mounts to find the assembly that suits your next telescope application.

Add a Clock Drive to your Right Ascension and maybe your Declination axis for precise tracking of telescope objects. Don't worry about extra charges for anodizing; All clock drive worm gears are anodized a light gold color as part of the cost of the drive assembly.

Take a tour of our Photo Gallery and see current examples of our telescope mounts and drives in action.

For years, Optic-Craft Machining has provided solutions to many customers including:

Albion College
Michigan
Allegheny Observatory
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, IL
Association Adagio
France
Boston University
Massachusetts
California State University
California
Carter Observatory
National Observatory of New Zealand
Chiang Mal University
Thailand
Columbia University
New York, New York
Eastern Carolina University
North Carolina
Ferris State University
Michigan
Florida State University
Florida
Ford Motor Co.
Dearborn, Michigan
Genet University
Belgium
Griffith Observatory
Belgium
Haverfrod College
Pennsylvania
Illinois Institute of Technolgy
Chicago, IL
IMAX Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jet Propulsion Lab, Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California
Lawrence Livermore Labs
Livermore, California
Los Alamos Research Labs
New Mexico
Lowe Observatory
Australia
Mallorca Astronomical Observatory
Spain
Monash University
Claton, Australia
NASA
six systems
NASA, Ames Research Center
Moffet Field, CA
NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
National Academy of Science
Taiwan
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
MD
National Solar Observatory
California
National Taiwan University
Taiwan
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL
Pacific Luthern University
Tacoma, Washington
Perkins Observatory
Ohio
Pittsburgh State University
Pennsylvania
Purdue University
two systems
Indiana
Raytheon Corporation
Arizona
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Ontario, Canada
Sci Tech Educational Center
Illinois
Sea of Galilee Astrophysical Observatory
Jordan Valley College, Israel
Southern Arkansas University
Arkansas
Southern Utah University
Utah
Southwest Missouri State University
Missouri
Space Optics Research Labs
Massachusetts
Texas Tech University
Texas
United States Air Force
USA
University of Adelaide
South Australia
University of Alabama
Huntsville
University of Arizona
Arizona
University of California
Los Angeles
University of Connecticut
Connecticut
University of Hawaii
Hawaii
University of Maryland
Maryland
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Nevada
Reno, Nevada
University of Pittsburg
Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
Wise, Virginia
Ursinus College
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Viginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Blacksburg, VA
Western Kentucky University
Kentucky
Wilimington College
Ohio
Yale
Connecticut

Optic-Craft Machining
33918 Macomb
Farmington, Michigan 48335
phone: (248) 752-6733
fax: (248) 919-9867
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