Huber Industries: precision camera and instrument mounts, adjustable mount


1) What are "Huber Mounts?"
Huber Mounts are positioning devices for mounting and targeting a variety of devices including all types of cameras, lasers and other types of optical and testing instruments. The mounts were originally designed during World War II for use in mounting cameras inside aircraft. For this reason, Huber Mounts were designed to be sturdy, light in weight and with a small foot print. Although these devices have been known in the trade as "Huber Mounts" for over 50 years, they are also referred to as Goniometers, Az/El mounts, or Pan and Tilt mounts.

2) How do they work?
Depending on the type and model, Huber Mounts have one or more adjustable axes of rotation. Most mounts also include a receptacle (or frame) and dovetail plate for attaching the camera, or other instrument, to the mount. Normally the mount is attached to a base of some kind by inserting screws through four holes in the mount's base plate. A clamp on the mount is released allowing manual adjustment of each axis by turning its adjustment knob. Once the mount is in its target position the clamp is re-tightened, securing the mount. If you want to change position it is simply a matter of releasing the clamp, making the necessary adjustments and again tightening the clamp. Your instrument is attached to the mount by means of a removable dovetail plate. It is then able to be quickly and accurately taken in or out of the receptacle by turning a screw that locks the dovetail plate into the receptacle on top of the mount.

3) Can I get additional dovetail plates?
Yes. By purchasing additional dovetail plates you can interchange instruments in the mount. This is especially useful if you need to change cameras but want to maintain the original target position.

4) What are Huber Mounts made of?
Huber Mounts are constructed primarily of high strength anodized aluminum alloys and stainless steel. This makes our mounts very rigid and allows them to be used in applications where other types of positioning devices just won't hold up.

5) I have a special requirement. Can you help me?
Yes. We offer many options in addition to our standard mounts. We can do everything from special machining on the dovetail plate to adding translational stages to the mount. We can also customize a mount for your particular application. Please contact us with your requirements and we will try to help with a solution.

6) Can you refurbish my old mounts?
We have seen Huber Mounts that have been in service for over 30 years that we were able to refurbish. You can ship us your mount and we will give you a quote on the cost to refurbish or replace it.

7) What are the axes of adjustment?
Most of our standard models have either two or three adjustable axes. These are defined by various terms in the industry. They are: the Elevation axis (pitch or tilt), the Azimuth axis (yaw or pan) and the Horizon axis (roll). For clarification see the graphic below.

pan and tilt - axes of adjustment