EQ6 PRO Portable Pier Support?
Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:33 PM
Greetings from the UK, normally you'll find me in the solar section, however I find myself here today hoping some of you have some advice / experience you can share with me...
I have an EQ6 PRO mount currently on the stock tripod which i'm looking to replace with a portable pier system. I find the stock tripod a little 'bouncy' when extended.
Here in the UK there don't seem a huge range of options available - here are a couple that i've come across >>>
Has anybody had any experience with either of these? Or, are there any alternatives I don't know about you can recommend? There seems to be quite a bit more choice available on the US side of the pond, and i'm curious to alternatives that could be available there - if the product is right i'd be happy to import.
Any thoughts, comments etc people can offer me would be greatly appreciated to help my decision making process.
Thanks and regards,
Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:46 AM
One additional option is the AP 6" portable pier, with an adapter plate- this is probably the beefiest one available (but I have not seen the Altair Astro or Epsilon ones in person, so this is just my opinion)
Would love to hear back from you if you do manage to inspect the Altair one.
Posted 10 March 2009 - 05:52 PM
Thanks for your reply. I quite like the look of the Altair Astro pier but at Â£999 here in the UK it seems a bit expensive to me, it looks a little short maybe for using with a refractor though? I may give Ian a ring at Altair and have a chat with him...
You share my concerns with the Epsilon also - it looks rather spindly - though the plus side is it's a very flexible and versatile system in terms of accesories etc. The company is only half an hours drive for me so I may pop over for a visit to see an example in the 'flesh.'
Piers and tripods in general seem a rarity as a retro fit here in the UK - I guess the other options are to go for a custom pier, my buddy Stephen from the solar system was particularly impressed with this beast that he got >>> http://www.stephenra...Pier review.pdf The other way would to be to go for something like an AP portable pier and then get a custom adapter plate built to connect the EQ6. If anybody has any specific thoughts on alternative portable piers from AP or elsewhere please feel free to share them with me to help with the decision making process.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 02:40 AM
Thanks for that link to Ken - I was looking at some AP piers on the web last night and theres alot of choice...
Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:48 AM
I haven't used it yet as I need to figure out how to remove the current adapter (for a CG5) from the pier. The current adapter has a remote head bolt tightening knob that threads through the pier wall.
Here's one source of Antares piers.
And here's what they look like in the flesh:
Posted 11 March 2009 - 10:03 AM
Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:10 PM
I'll check out some of the UK retailers tonight online and see if they sell any of the AP stuff
Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:18 AM
My Atlas worked quite well on an A-P Portable pier. The guys at ATS created the adapter and it was a nice setup.
Nice rig. How do you deal with the hold down bolt? Or is it verrrryyyy long?? lol
Posted 12 March 2009 - 07:23 AM
How do you deal with the hold down bolt? Or is it verrrryyyy long?? lol
Actually, I used the stock bolt. The adapter was bolted to the Atlas and the whole assembly was placed on top of the pier, then held on with the usual wing bolts. The adapter is actually small and light.
Here's a better picture of the rig set up with my C925.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 11:05 AM
Thanks for the link, i'm glad you have a positive opinion (and still do!) of the Epsilon. After searching round i've come to the conclusion semi portable piers like this are pretty much a rarity in the UK - there are plenty of permanent ones to choose from, but where I live at the moment a permanent one simply isn't an option. I think I may well just take the plunge and go for the epsilon, question is how do I sneak it in without the mrs noticing