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#1 starbob1

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Starting a thread for those wanting to pier mount the new Celestron VX mount. Here is a link of many pis of the mount.Thanks to the lad for these nice pics. Bob

http://jeremy.cowgar...nced_vx_photos/

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:58 PM

Now here is a commomn type pier. Lets get some ideas from the great minds here and thanks for any help.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:03 PM

I am not a fan of the 4 bolt riser idea. I know you need to be able to thread in from the bottom but there are other ways. What I did is I had a local machine shop make an adapter plate that bolted via center bolt to the bottom of the mount and then this adapter plate had a flat flange around the bottom with curved/elongated bolt holes where it would bolt to a flat plate with female threads that matched up. Nice and solid and adjustable.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:07 PM

Can you post a pic of your setup. Your saying you already made a adapter for the VX to pier mount. Please post a pic of it. Thanks Bob

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

Will it bolt to a CG-5 tripod?

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:35 PM

Will it bolt to a CG-5 tripod?

No. the screw and the centre hole are the same size but the azimuth adjusting post has a different spacing.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

Looks like a CG5 Pier top would be easily adapted to this mount... One new hole, 5 minutes with the tap and die set and you are in business.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:26 PM

Where can you get a CG5 Pire top. Thanks Bob

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:33 PM

Bob,

http://www.pierplates.com/ - expensive but very nice and complete with hardware

Another popular option is to buy the Orion SVP pier extension and use the hardware from that. Same idea for the Antares piers.

http://www.kendauzat.net/ used to but I believe no longer offers products.

There are a few other options like those who supply entire piers (www.skyshedpod.com is one example). These folks might also offer just the pier plates.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:48 PM

I talked to Dan at Pier Plates and he has a prototype for the VX being tested and will probably be on his site in a week. I would love to find a reasonably prices portable pier for the VX I have on order...

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:46 PM

I have a local machine shop make a aluminum pier top for both my CG5 and CGEM (they are different) for $30 each.

If you know a machinist with a lathe these are easy to make and crank out.






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