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#1 stars_in_my_eyes

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 04:07 PM

I am considering building a mobile observatory mounted on a trailer.

The telescopes to be used will be either larger SCTs or refractors.

I wish to have a pier that one can lower to the ground while in use but still have the ability to raise and lock in place while moving.

What suggestions or examples do you suggest for a pier that would meet these critera?

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#2 LLEEGE

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:19 PM

Do you something that will lower to the ground through a hole in the trailer?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:32 AM

Do you something that will lower to the ground through a hole in the trailer?


That's the idea...got any examples of existing setups like that?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 03:40 PM

Do you something that will lower to the ground through a hole in the trailer?


That's the idea...got any examples of existing setups like that?

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Anyone?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 03:43 PM

Do you something that will lower to the ground through a hole in the trailer?


That's the idea...got any examples of existing setups like that?

Thanks

No. I'm just trying to picture what you have in mind.

#6 Yedgy

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:55 PM

Larry Myers at Mountain Instruments is working on a dual-use pier that sounds like it'll be even more solid than his HD transportable pier. You might want to give him a call.

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for the lead.

To clarify the request, the pier I will need is one that will need to be movable.

The trailer will be pulled to the observing site, the pier lowered and secured, the OTA mounted, observing occurs, the OTA is removed, the pier is raised and locked for transport and then the trailer is pulled home.

Any examples of transportable piers?

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#8 sctchun

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:57 PM

Hi,

Pier Tech makes one:

http://www.pier-tech...observatory.htm

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:54 PM

The AP portable piers are rock solid. They are a bit of a pain to assemble and break down. The 6" Eagle Pier is a folding design.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 02:01 PM

Wow, I could have some serious fun with that mobile observatory! I think my retirement goals have just changed.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:38 PM

Wow, I could have some serious fun with that mobile observatory! I think my retirement goals have just changed.

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That is pretty awesome.






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