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The below pictures are of Fred Klein Non-Goto mount, along with his comments about them.
I thank you Fred for sharing these pictures on this site.

Removal of a large tree in my yard opened up the sky for me at long last. I live in a Pittsburgh suburb and it is moderately dark in the east and south which are the directions that I have clear sky. I first had an 8" concrete pier installed. I had an 8" round intermediate plate fabricated to mate with bolts embedded in the pier.
 
Due to zoning restrictions I cannot build a real observatory, so I am building a Plexiglas box for a housing not including the scope.

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Here is the mount with my TMB 152/1200 APO installed.

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I ran a 12 volt supply to the mount through landscape wiring. I am using a 15 watt heater to keep things dry when not in use. (The orange dew heater in the picture is temporary.)

There have been very few clear nights this winter that were above 25 deg F and not windy, but I did get it polar aligned. I spent some time getting used to the mount and getting the camera and autoguider all focused and working. The first autoguiding attempt went well.

Just last week I got my first trial imaging run. I knew that the clouds were coming before midnight so I was in a hurry. I did get 2 5 minute images of the Orion Nebula.

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