Questar Seven Folding Pier
Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:09 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:23 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:25 AM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:30 PM
And welcome to the CN Questar family yourself.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:34 PM
With the 13" base of the fork mount, there is not much choice available for mounting; a custom wedge will be necessary. When I ordered our Q7, the only photo of a Q7 tristand I could find was an old one, which I later found out. I didn't like what I saw, so I passed on it. Had a current photo and information been accessable, I would have ordered one; a sale was lost.
If you like your tristand for the 3.5" Questar, the Q7 tristand should be an easy choice. It would be nice though, if the mount head only was available, as it once was.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:10 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:28 AM
Our Monolith is designated as a portable pier, however, it folds the same as a tripod or tristand. To me, the term pier is used to imply greater stability.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:43 AM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:22 AM
I'm not a youngster, so at a combined weight of about 85 pounds, minus the OTA, it would be too heavy and awkward for me to carry. Besides, I don't relish the thought of a mishap occuring which could dammage my investment.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:58 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:46 AM
In researching the Monolith, talking with Shahin, and being an amateur machinist most of my life, I knew it was a better alternative. The Monolith is designed and machined to perfection, so to me, it was the right choice and well worth the price.
The only wrong choice I've made with regard to Astronomy, is relocating to the UK from the clear skies of rural California, and shipping the Q7 over here. I haven't had it out for first light yet since it arrived in February. In a way, I feel cursed by the weather this year.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:47 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:06 AM
The Monolith is no longer in production, I was fortunate to get on the list for the last run, which was a couple of years ago. I recall there was a Monolith for sale here in the Cloudy Nights classifieds in the Mounts section about a couple of months back; not sure if it was sold though ?