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#1 Bachus

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:41 PM

Hello

I'm starting on my ideas for my pier in both pipe and concrete and now looking at various options and ideas for the top plate. In the past I remember seeing some homemade to retail to custom versions of various ways of mounting the head. Is there a post, site and pics to look at? Thank you.

#2 Mary B

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:39 PM

Dan's Pier Plates will have what you need, I bought one for my CG5 and the quality is top notch. pier plates

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:40 PM

I bought one of these, and the owner, Curt, was absolutely wonderful to work with!
And they are custom made..
http://www.opticalsu...t_adapters.html

I considered this before going with the opticalsupports version.
http://www.altairast...&cat=275&page=1

You will love the way a mount performs on a solid pier..it is like night and day!
Good luck!

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:42 AM

In the past I remember seeing some homemade to retail to custom versions of various ways of mounting the head.



Mine falls into the homemade/custom category: I wanted my Atlas on a newly aquired Losmandy G11 tripod. I machined the center of the top plate (6" dia.) to accept the Atlas center pin, and then milled an aluminum block to clamp it to the top plate.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:48 AM

Here it is mounted on the new tripod.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:15 AM

Here's another one:

Starizona Pier Adapter

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 03:01 PM

Oh wow, I researched this topic a while back, but I never came across that one from Starizona. Very nice looking at a good (IMO) price.

Thanks for the link! :)

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:22 PM

That Starizona adapter looks like it's for a CGEM but maybe I'm not looking at the right part. Here's how I did it:

http://www.tungstent...68/Default.aspx

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 08:14 PM

It can be used with both.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 08:25 PM

oh, cool.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 10:18 PM

I bought this for my NEQ6 and I'm 110% satisfied, excellent workmanship!

http://www.pierplate.../products1.html

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 10:27 PM

I just bought the pier extension from Orion and stole the plate from it , they used to sell it separate and have a spot on there website for it but it permanently back ordered.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:20 PM

As did I Erik.
I went for the best price, on something specifically made for the Atlas mount, so I bought the Atlas extension post, and mounted it atop my concrete pier. Works like a charm, and was the best buy of all adapter plates I looked at.
For ease of installation, I replaced the original 6" steel post with a 4" aluminum post of the same ID/OD.
The aluminum plate centers and steadies the post, and the L-brackets insure it never moves.
The post is not set into the concrete. It rests on top of it.

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