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#1 DFV10191

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:49 PM

Ok, I think I've finally settled on an iOptron iEQ45 mount after reading the "EPIC" thread and other comments posted here on CN...but now I have another quandry.
What are some thoughts on a standard tripod vs a portable pier? :thinking:
iOptron offers the '45 with either (the pier is an extra $180 if ordered at the same time as the mount instead of the tripod - otherwise it is $400 later).
Initially, I'm interested in visual, but I intend to move towards astro-imaging, too as funds and skills allow.

#2 LLEEGE

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:15 PM

They both have their pros and cons. A pier will be more "solid" but a tripod gives you adjustable heights.

#3 SPACEMAN

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:24 PM

Hello,

Personaly i don't think a pier gives you a more solid construction... because a pier goes straight down and maybe then with some legs spreading out. A tripod go's from the top in a triangle down... This results in a bigger array where the weight of the whole setup can be put on.

Sorry for my bad englisch.

#4 morden8uk

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:14 AM

Hi There,

Had both.. now only own a steel leg tripod. Its a lot easier to cart in and out of the shed.. The Pier was nice, but sooo heavy!!

#5 Asimov

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:57 PM

You can have the best of all worlds if it's built correctly. Lightweight & portable, yet a lot more robust & less suseptible to vibrations than a tripod. Adjustable height for levelling. In this case, I've made mine so it can carry two mounts; EQ6 & the CGE.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 08:00 PM

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