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#26 mountain monk

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:44 PM

The reason I don't leave my Planet or Teeter outside anymore is simple: porcupines. They are particularly attracted to plywood. Beware!

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

1) web page

2) web page

3) web page

That should take care of it. :)

What I do when I set it up in the grass is put a full size garden type trash bag up each leg of the tripod and then tape them all together at the top of the tripods. Then I use a 365 cover that comes down almost to the ground. That way my sprinklers can go on and not get anything wet. Of course I only leave it out for a week or two at a time and I use it very often. So far no spiders or other problems.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:48 AM

I had this pier out in the elements for 7 years in the salty air with no cover. The adapter plate is made from some special high grade steal and the corrosion is very superficial. The actual pier is heavily corroded where the paint has peeled off.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:33 PM

As I said the 365 cover works for me. I am in Georgia USA, tripod is on hard soil. I have not had it out during the summer (new scope) Everyone says get a light or heat source, may want to stay away from white light I would think that they would attract bugs. I will have it on a pier by summer with a roll off vented outhouse. I am not a veteran here, just my observations over the past few months.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

I am in Warner Robins, Georgia. Bertha stays outside 24/7. For two years now, Besides getting ready for an evening's observing, I remove the tarp on weekends to eliminate any condensation buildup. I'm doing right well as the scope, arms, mount show no aging or no fading no paint peeling. During warm weather, regular applications of spider and insect killer keep the pests away.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:01 PM

What do you use to keep the spiders and other insects from climbing up the tripod legs? Is there a good product to use for this?


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:13 PM

No tripod. Bertha sits atop a 12" concrete pier and wedge. I use 'Raid Max' spider and scorpion killer in a blue spray can.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 01:29 AM

What can I say... I bought one of those garden grill covers and added a zipper. The important thing is to make sure that it is not entirely enclosed. I let it breathe in the bottom part, below the mount itself.

Under the cover is:

* 10Micron GM2000HPS
* Tak FSQ 106 EDXIII
* SBIG ST-8300M, SX wheel
* Some minor stuff

Under the blue umbrella is my case with the computer, voltage inverters, batteries and whatever else is needed for remote operation. The sky sensor is somewhat snowed over :(


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 02:10 AM

I think that your decision should be based on how far from the sea you live. If there is salt in the air, don't do it regardless of what cover you have.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:02 AM

Not me. If you live, like I do, in an area that's humid, hot, and rainy, your mount would soon be the Hilton Hotel for the 8-legged set. Spiders can squeeze in through the smallest openings and would actually prefer their digs be covered with a nice tarp... ;)

Would putting a bright light under the cover help? Spiders are attracted to dark and eschew light. The heat generated by the light (or a heat stick) would help with the humidity.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 09:57 AM

Admittedly I live in southern California so my experience may not be typical. I had a CGE outside for two consecutive summers which included rain and heat and fog and it worked perfectly. I did have spiders and had to use spray weekly to keep them completely at bay. Frankly, I'd worry more about insects than electronics and I really doubt that there's a shred of science behind the rusty bolt bad electronics theory.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:02 PM

Also, those recommending the cover should specify their climate. What works perfectly in Arizona may not in Buffalo.

This is exactly what I was thinking reading this thread. Given my mount would be 10ft from the ocean in a coastal temperate rainforest I rather suspect it would not last as well as in a nice dry desert under a cover.

I'm thinking that many many subjects visited here on CN have a pretty close relationship to where the poster is located. When reading a post, whether it's someone asking for assistance or telling about something, I find myself checking the left side of the post to see where they are located. It would be good if people would put some info there about where they are located. It sure doesn't need to be a street address or a GPS location but a general idea of which corner of the world is helpful.
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