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#1 droid

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:51 PM

Ok I have read a couple of posts over in the observatory forum, and the pipe mount threads her in the mounts forum.
What I want is photos of wooden peirs.And maybe some basic descriptions of what Im seeing.
Im going ot build one this spring in the back yard for a 120mm refractor.
Any advice ,photos, descriptions would be appreciated.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 08:44 AM

wow.......I had thought this would have been done already.Guesss maybe not.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:31 AM

Hiya droid... we've been having an interesting discussion on wooden piers over here: http://www.cloudynig...5/o/all/fpart/1

Cheers.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:57 AM

Try here

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 02:29 PM

Those are cool, but what I wanted was simple mounts.In my backyard today I sunk a hole a foot wide 3 feet deep.
Into this I inserted a pressure treated four by four.
No concrete.I have heavy clay about a foot down , so I rolled the grass sections in first , and then pounded them flat with a sledge hammer and short sections of 4 x 4.
I then back filled stopping about every 7 or 8 inches hammer that as hard as possible, checking constantly to make sure it was straight up and down with a level.
On top of this a pipe mount will set ,Ill leave the gound a few days to settle.
Will it be good enough fior photography...probably not but for viaul use Im betting it will suffice.
I now need a long focus 80 or 90mm scope to ride on it.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:41 PM

Ok well Im running a mini messier marathon tonight, just took a break to warm up and refill the coffee cup.
So far the wooden peir (simple 4x4) has done fairly well ,a little to tall, but nice not to crawl when objects are high in the sky, does it vibrate, yes, about as much as average tripod ,vibrations are gone in 4 to 5 seconds.
Ill keep yall "posted" ...pun intended. :lol:

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:10 AM

The post/peir can be seen here if anyone is interested.....
http://tiny.cc/XWfA8

It works very well, a little tall ,but Ill fix tht this coming weekend.The mount works well as is .I will probably paint it as soon as it warms up.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:36 AM

droid,

I am going to do the same thing except use 4 4x4 bolted together.






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