Tripod vs. Portable Pier?
Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:49 PM
What are some thoughts on a standard tripod vs a portable pier?
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.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:15 PM
Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:24 PM
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.
Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:14 AM
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!!
Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:57 PM