DEC Gear Shield
|DEC gear plate after
installation. The original plate and spacers were made from
aluminum, this required a 1 lb (That's 0.45 Kg for the rest of the world)
weight attached to the other fork arm! I have since remade the plate using 1/4" black acrylic and nylon
spacers instead of aluminum and the balancing is much easier to deal with.
Krylon's Satin Black paint is a nice match for the finish on the mounting.
|Side view of the installed plate
and spacers. The final version of the plate used nylon spacers
purchased from Lowe's Building Supply. Home Depot or Payless
Cashways should be a good source for these, they generally are found in
the specialty hardware area.
As designed the plate will clear the Jordan Blessing DEC Fix kit, which is installed on this telescope.
|Parts ready for assembly, this is
the aluminum version.
|Detail of cutout for DEC clutch clearance|