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Re: Permanent Pier for G-11 - Suggestions?


Sep 9, 2001

 


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#5881 Sep 9, 2001

I am planning to place my G-11 on a permanent pier in my back yard. I plan

to place the pier in concrete. Are there any commercially available piers

6' or so in length that are drilled to fit the G-11 head? Any other ideas?

Thanks.



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#5884 Sep 9, 2001

Hi Dave



Losmandy used to make a permanent pier but discontinued this several

years ago. When I called Losmandy researching the pier I was referred to

Astropier, manufactured by the Le Seur Manufacturing Co. They have ads

in Sky and Telescope and can be reached on the web

at...www.Astropier.com.



Hope this helps



Patrick Kelly



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> to place the pier in concrete. Are there any commercially available piers

> 6' or so in length that are drilled to fit the G-11 head? Any other ideas?

> Thanks.

>



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#5886 Sep 9, 2001

As another ,Patrick Kelly, already offered, the

Astropier is a fine solution. I have my G11 head attached

to one. For details on our installation see:

www.regulusastro.com/regulus/observatory/index.html

Be sure to go to the pier construction page.

They will make it to order (height).

~johnb



Dave Tandy wrote: >

> I am planning to place my G-11 on a permanent pier in my back yard. I plan

> to place the pier in concrete. Are there any commercially available piers

> 6' or so in length that are drilled to fit the G-11 head? Any other ideas?

> Thanks.



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John A. Blackwell

johnb@...

www.regulusastro.com/

Northwood Ridge Observatory (MPC #225)

Home of Regulus! The Astronomy Newsletter

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#5887 Sep 9, 2001

--- In Losmandy_users@y..., "Dave Tandy" dtandy@k...> wrote: > I am planning to place my G-11 on a permanent pier in my back

yard. I plan > to place the pier in concrete. Are there any commercially

available piers > 6' or so in length that are drilled to fit the G-11 head? Any

other ideas? > Thanks.



Dave,



I put a steel pier in concete in my backyard this summer. I had one

built at a local weld shop for $225. I used the same dimensions as

the regular G11 pier for height. I got one of the Meade Field tripod

adapters from Anacortes for $65. By the time I bought the j bolts

and concrete and paint I had around $315 invested all total. You can

see a picture of my pier on the C9-25 egroup or use this link:



photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/C9-25/lst



One of the pier sellers has a web site, I have since forgot, that

shows how to build a jig to hold your j bolts in place while putting

them in the concrete. My finished pier is rock solid with the whole

rig, scope and all having less than 1/2 second settle time for a bump.



If you check out the piture you will see a wood enclosure I built to

go over the pier. It supports my battery and a work table that holds

eyepieces, the gemini, drinks etc.



BTW, if you do go do it yourself I use a painted coffee can ( the #6

can size) to cover the Meade adapter when not in use so it doesn't

fill with rain.



I have found this pier to be a god send. The G11 head will hold a

reasonable polar alignment when removed and reinstalled several

times. If you have a Gemini you don't have to do anything but set up

and align on your first star.



Good luck.



Gary



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