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Need a pier adapter for the G-11?


Jan 31, 2001

 


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#2460 Jan 31, 2001

Steve,



I saw your note on the losmandy mailing list a bit ago about your

pier configuration. As it turns out, I'm in a very similar situation

as you; I have a G-11 mount currently, and am expecting a 900GTO this

July.



I'm interested in installing a pier in my backyard, and was wondering

where you got the adapter to go between the larger pier for the 900GTO

and the G-11 head?



I've also got an older Vixen SP-DX mount, and one of these things has

to go when the 900GTO arrives! I'm thinking maybe the G-11, as the

Vixen mount is much easier to carry and set-up for those "quick looks"

as compared to the G-11. Of course, with a pier, that advantage might be

gone, sigh.



FYI, I've got a Celestron 9.25" SCT and an Astro-Physics Star 12ED. It's

the CCD camera the drove me to the 900GTO.



Thanks in advance for your help.



Louis Mamakos



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#2461 Jan 31, 2001

Duh. Sorry, that message was supposed to have been a private message,

but I didn't notice the @!$% Reply-To: header that the mailing list

reflector sticks in.



louie



P.S. I would implore those setting up mailing lists to visit

www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html which discusses this

particular issue..



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#26125 Jun 19, 2005

I've just finished pouring a concrete footing for the pier in my

'under-construction' observatory. What have some of you used as an adapter

between your pier and the G-11? I will still take the G-11/Gemini out to

star parties a couple of times a year, so I don't want to do anything to

preclude use of the G-11 tripod.



Bruce Berger



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#26127 Jun 19, 2005

Depending on your design, you can use the Losmandy MA adapter. Dennis



--- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, bruce@s...> wrote:

> I've just finished pouring a concrete footing for the pier in my

> 'under-construction' observatory. What have some of you used as an

adapter

> between your pier and the G-11? I will still take the G-11/Gemini

out to

> star parties a couple of times a year, so I don't want to do

anything to

> preclude use of the G-11 tripod.

>

> Bruce Berger



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#26140 Jun 21, 2005

Thanks Anthony. I did sink J-Bolts into the wet concrete of the 12" diameter

pier. But now I have to extend the pier up about another foot, so I'll pour

a cap on top of this one, using the 4" protruding J-Bolts with nuts and

washers like rebar to hold the 2 pours together, and put new J-Bolts into

the cap. Also, I use a concrete bonding agent commonly referred to as Milk

to further strengthen the bond between the 2 pours.



Bruce ----- Original Message -----

From: "Helix Gate" helixgate@...>

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:31 AM

Subject: [Losmandy_users] Re: Pier Adapter?







Hi Bruce,



My observatory is just about completed. I used a concrete pier

construction with the MA adapter in the design plans. This made it

essential for me to insert the J-bolt into the concrete while still

wet. Did you make any provisions for any anchors prior to having the

pier poured?

I plan on posting images of my construction, but I can send you a

picture of my pier/MA combo if interested, so as to give you an idea of

how it's constructed.





Anthony



www.helixgate.net



--- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis Steele" densteele@g...>

wrote:

> Depending on your design, you can use the Losmandy MA adapter. Dennis

>

>

> --- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, bruce@s...> wrote:

> > I've just finished pouring a concrete footing for the pier in my

> > 'under-construction' observatory. What have some of you used as an

> adapter

> > between your pier and the G-11? I will still take the G-11/Gemini

> out to

> > star parties a couple of times a year, so I don't want to do

> anything to

> > preclude use of the G-11 tripod.

> >

> > Bruce Berger











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#28081 Dec 2, 2005

I have been able to find adapter plate to allow the G11 to be used on a LX200 Pier,

Does anyone know of an adapter plate that allows the LX200 to be used on the G11 Pier?



Thanks

Doug



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#29591 Apr 26, 2006

Hello all -



I am considering a G11. What is the diameter of the base of the

mount? IIRC it is somewhere over 5.5" but 6". This does not have to

be precise.



Thanks

Dan



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#29592 Apr 26, 2006

Hi Dan,



Make yourself life easy and get a MA adapter from Losmandy. The outer

diameter is 6", the inner diameter is 5.5" and the height is 4". The

adapter costs about US $ 90.00 and you have no need to make any special

adapters.



Look here



www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos1/pages/O-Obs26.html

www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos1/pages/O-Obs27.html

www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos1/pages/O-Obs28.html



That is what the MA adapter looks like. It has a 1/2" hole in the

center and the 2 ears to fasten the Gemini control box.



www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos2/pages/Obser00-81.html



regards Rainer









>

> Hello all -

>

> I am considering a G11. What is the diameter of the base of the

> mount? IIRC it is somewhere over 5.5" but 6". This does not have to

> be precise.

>

> Thanks

> Dan

>







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#29599 Apr 27, 2006

Rainer wrote: > Hi Dan,

>

> Make yourself life easy and get a MA adapter from Losmandy. The outer

> diameter is 6", the inner diameter is 5.5" and the height is 4". The

> adapter costs about US $ 90.00 and you have no need to make any special

> adapters.



I just ordered one of these yesterday from OPT (Oceanside Photo & Tele).

Their price is $79.



--

Jim Bessette

jbessette@...



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#29601 Apr 27, 2006

--- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, "Rainer" rsbfoto@...> wrote: >

> Hi Dan,

>

> Make yourself life easy and get a MA adapter from Losmandy. The outer

> diameter is 6", the inner diameter is 5.5" and the height is 4". The

> adapter costs about US $ 90.00 and you have no need to make any special

> adapters.

>

> Look here

>

> www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos1/pages/O-Obs26.html

> www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos1/pages/O-Obs27.html

> www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos1/pages/O-Obs28.html

>

> That is what the MA adapter looks like. It has a 1/2" hole in the

> center and the 2 ears to fasten the Gemini control box.

>

> www.rainerehlert.com/astro/pozos2/pages/Obser00-81.html

>

> regards Rainer

>

Thanks Ranier and Jim -



I have seen this part but I have a flange on top of my pier that

prevents me from using it. This would work perfectly if the bottom

plate was removed. Maybe I will call Losmandy and see if they could

provide me with one. Thanks again -

Dan



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#29602 Apr 27, 2006

Hi,



I do not understand that. How does your flange look like ?



regards Rainer



> Thanks Ranier and Jim -

>

> I have seen this part but I have a flange on top of my pier that

> prevents me from using it. This would work perfectly if the bottom

> plate was removed. Maybe I will call Losmandy and see if they could

> provide me with one. Thanks again -

> Dan

>



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#29729 May 11, 2006

H gang,

I make a 360 deg. Rotating Pier adapter for AP 900 and 1200 mounts.

I wonder if there would be any intrest in an Adapter to fit the GM 8

and G 11 mounts? They would probably sell for $200. They would be made

from CNC machind 6061 Aluminum and Black Anodized.



Mal speer

www.malcoprecision.com



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#29730 May 11, 2006

Dear Mal,

I may be off base and ignorant as well - but still seems to me that the weakest link in the GM-8 set-up is the tripod; esp when working at about 24# and imaging.

bearings, etc can be "worked on."



So, I am considering seriously the purchase of a Pinnacle mount from PWT and so it seems to me that the rotating pier would be highly useful. Even now, after using my trusty boy scout compass in a new site, i am sometimes (usually) off so that I go through the shifting and moving routine in the dark with a load on the mount then I can use the alz, adj. Of course, it was leveled in the light, and now I;ve destroyed the leveling..... mmmm..



I hope this paen of pain is useful to you.



frank r. siroky

santa rosa, ca.

frsiroky@...





Mal Speer mal@...> wrote: H gang,

I make a 360 deg. Rotating Pier adapter for AP 900 and 1200 mounts.

I wonder if there would be any intrest in an Adapter to fit the GM 8

and G 11 mounts? They would probably sell for $200. They would be made

from CNC machind 6061 Aluminum and Black Anodized.



Mal speer

www.malcoprecision.com













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#29731 May 11, 2006

One for the MI-250 would be nice. I have to use mine in the field mostly.



Thomas Hilton



Mal Speer wrote:

>H gang,

>I make a 360 deg. Rotating Pier adapter for AP 900 and 1200 mounts.

>I wonder if there would be any intrest in an Adapter to fit the GM 8

>and G 11 mounts? They would probably sell for $200. They would be made

>from CNC machind 6061 Aluminum and Black Anodized.

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>Mal speer

>www.malcoprecision.com

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#29734 May 11, 2006

Hi, Mal:



I can't tell you how many times I have set up my G11 using a compass for

rough polar alignment, only to find when I peer through the polar alignment

scope that I am off by about 9 degrees--with only about 7.5 degrees of

azimuth adjustment built into the mount! I'd certainly be interested in

learning more about your product. Do you have pictures or drawings of the

adapters you are making for the Astro-Physics mounts?



Regards,



Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA



On 05/11/06 12:58 PM, "Mal Speer" mal@...> wrote:



> H gang,

> I make a 360 deg. Rotating Pier adapter for AP 900 and 1200 mounts.

> I wonder if there would be any intrest in an Adapter to fit the GM 8

> and G 11 mounts? They would probably sell for $200. They would be made

> from CNC machind 6061 Aluminum and Black Anodized.

>

> Mal speer

> www.malcoprecision.com



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#29735 May 11, 2006

Eric,



You shouldn't have any trouble getting within a degree or two using a

compass to set up your G11. You are compensating for declination aren't you?

Check out the attached link. Enter your information to find your declination

value, then adjust your compass accordingly.



Steve

AZ. ----- Original Message -----

From: "Eric Baumgartner" malkasten@...>

To: "Losmandy Users egroup" Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 1:44 PM

Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Rotating Pier Adapter



I can't tell you how many times I have set up my G11 using a compass for

rough polar alignment, only to find when I peer through the polar alignment

scope that I am off by about 9 degrees

Regards,

Eric Baumgartner

Redding, CT USA







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#29737 May 11, 2006

Check out my web-site

www.malcoprecision.com or my ad on Astromart.com

Mal



--- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, Eric Baumgartner

malkasten@...> wrote: >

> Hi, Mal:

>

> I can't tell you how many times I have set up my G11 using a

compass for > rough polar alignment, only to find when I peer through the polar

alignment > scope that I am off by about 9 degrees--with only about 7.5

degrees of > azimuth adjustment built into the mount! I'd certainly be

interested in > learning more about your product. Do you have pictures or drawings

of the > adapters you are making for the Astro-Physics mounts?

>

> Regards,

>

> Eric Baumgartner

> Redding, CT USA

>

>

> On 05/11/06 12:58 PM, "Mal Speer" mal@...> wrote:

>

> > H gang,

> > I make a 360 deg. Rotating Pier adapter for AP 900 and 1200

mounts. > > I wonder if there would be any intrest in an Adapter to fit the

GM 8 > > and G 11 mounts? They would probably sell for $200. They would

be made > > from CNC machind 6061 Aluminum and Black Anodized.

> >

> > Mal speer

> > www.malcoprecision.com

>



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#29738 May 11, 2006

Me too that's why I made it in the first place.

When I was down at the WSP this year, the guy next to me set up his

AP 1200 mount facing south. I mentioned to him that he was pointing

in the wrong direction before he mounted a 16"RC. This guy was no

sloutch either. It can happen. With my 360 rotating plate he would

have no trouble streighting himself that night if I hadn't said

anything.



Mal



--- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, "Steve H" stargazer@...>

wrote: >

> Eric,

>

> You shouldn't have any trouble getting within a degree or two

using a > compass to set up your G11. You are compensating for declination

aren't you? > Check out the attached link. Enter your information to find your

declination > value, then adjust your compass accordingly.

>

> Steve

> AZ.

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: "Eric Baumgartner" malkasten@...>

> To: "Losmandy Users egroup" Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com>

> Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 1:44 PM

> Subject: Re: [Losmandy_users] Rotating Pier Adapter

>

> I can't tell you how many times I have set up my G11 using a

compass for > rough polar alignment, only to find when I peer through the polar

alignment > scope that I am off by about 9 degrees

> Regards,

> Eric Baumgartner

> Redding, CT USA

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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#29744 May 12, 2006

Frank,



I designed and developed what I call full index adapter, FIA for

short, over four years ago. It has been available on Monolith

portable pier for over three year now. FIA is essentially a full

360 degree rotatable pier adapter with a few extras. You can see

pictures and find the description at

www.pwtec.com/monolith_accessories.htm



A similar, but proportionally sized version is also offered for both

sizes of Pinnacle (and thank you for considering the Pinnacle

system). I do not have an accessory page for Pinnacle yet, so

picture of the FIA for Pinnacle are not posted, but will soon. The

FIA for Pinnacle operated the same as the FIA for Monolith.



Thanks,



Shahin Zarehparvar

Particle Wave Technologies







--- In Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com, Frank Siroky frsiroky@...>

wrote: >

> Dear Mal,

> I may be off base and ignorant as well - but still seems to me

that the weakest link in the GM-8 set-up is the tripod; esp when

working at about 24# and imaging. > bearings, etc can be "worked on."

>

> So, I am considering seriously the purchase of a Pinnacle mount

from PWT and so it seems to me that the rotating pier would be

highly useful. Even now, after using my trusty boy scout compass in

a new site, i am sometimes (usually) off so that I go through the

shifting and moving routine in the dark with a load on the mount

then I can use the alz, adj. Of course, it was leveled in the

light, and now I;ve destroyed the leveling..... mmmm.. >

> I hope this paen of pain is useful to you.

>

> frank r. siroky

> santa rosa, ca.

> frsiroky@...

>

>

> Mal Speer mal@...> wrote: H gang,

> I make a 360 deg. Rotating Pier adapter for AP 900 and 1200

mounts. > I wonder if there would be any intrest in an Adapter to fit the

GM 8 > and G 11 mounts? They would probably sell for $200. They would be

made > from CNC machind 6061 Aluminum and Black Anodized.

>

> Mal speer

> www.malcoprecision.com

>

>

>

>

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#45890 May 25, 2010

I had a pier for the G-11 at my site. But now I have a new setup for the MI-250 and I took the adapter off of the pier for the G-11.

This is the Meade Adapter, that has place for the Gemini and then the mount head, plus the holes in the bottom for mounting it to a pipe or pier.

If you are needing one, contact me by private message.

Thanks,

Floyd



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