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Ranger Tim - McCammon, Idaho The original AP'er on a budget "I'm not a professional astronomer, but I play one on TV."
Quote:If his plates are like mine, you can put several hundred pounds on them and there would be no flex. I was surprised how tough they are.
Quote:Here is a shot of the pier with an AT12IN on it. The pier is very stable. I get .12 and .14 RMS results in PHD now.
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Quote:I am about to undertake a similar project. I will be mounting a cg5 on top. I am using 4 4x4s bolted and glued together. They are 6 feet long and I plan on setting them 3 feet in the ground with cement. My question is will a 8" auger suffice or will I need a 12" auger. The pier measures 7" square right now. Any idea of how much cement to buy? Thanks in advance.
"You would think that I am wiser after traveling around the Sun 62 times."
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Quote:Just a note for you "northern" folks: For areas that get freezing weather (It's 6 out right now in Ohio) the recommended depth is 35" -38" putting you below the frost line. Your milage may vary but you can look up this number. If you don't go the needed distance down, your pier will get pushed up by the frozen ground. Also, most fence companies use small amounts of concrete in the hole for a reason. The concrete should not be at the surface but in the hole. Setting a treated wooden post in solid concrete will cause the water to be held by the wood (it doesn't drain) and eventually destroy the wood. Ask me how I know! I think I might build this project. I'm tired of hauling my losmandy out for a 2 hour setup!Turk
Quote:DwightDoes the Losmandy Pier mount just have one bolt in the center? Is that a solid connection? Can it turn on you?Turk
Quote:Everything looks good to go. What a time saver. Powered it up and the polar alignment was spot on. Love it.
.... back yard astronomer ================= Don't forget to look at the moon often. Its a play ground of fun if you throttle up the magnification!
Quote:Quote:Everything looks good to go. What a time saver. Powered it up and the polar alignment was spot on. Love it. I like that idea allot Dan. I've been wanting to do this for a year at least, now you have me motivated. Id be using a C14 on a G11 so it sure would save on set up time! One thing I thought of in putting one of these together was to make it just wide enough so I could put a 5 gallon bucket over it to keep the hardware clean and dry, and put a sun dial on top of it so you have something cool to look at in the day time. Something like this:http://windchimedirect.com/pro1393848.html?gclid=CMSyptjvgbUCFSTZQgoda1kA1wGreat Job!! ....Ralph
Quote:Dan, Start looking at a ROR shed and you'll be in business permanently .Congrat's on retiring!