Quote:Ok, so this may seem like a dumb question, but why would anyone prefer a portable pier? Most heavy duty tripods (G11, CGE etc) seem like a better idea to me. They're stable, low vibration, easy to transport and easy to level. A pier on the other hand is not as easy to set up, transport and level. It might look more "pro", but are there any practical advantages to a portable pier over a heavy duty tripod?
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Quote:Can you level the pier? I have never used/seen one up close, but it looks like you can't adjust the height of individual legs so it would have to be used on a flat, level surface.
Quote:That is true Ron, and I argue this too. But having it close to level helps with drift aligning. If only using the polar scope then set it and go.
Quote:Portable piers make no sense to me either. I had a G11 and the tripod was rock stable.
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Quote:Someone told me that with a pier you wouldn't have to worry about your scope clipping the tripod legs. They are also very useful for people who have long FL refractors so they do not have to lay on the ground to view through their scopes. I choose the pier route because I have an inferior mount (LXD55) and the tripod is just not stable enough. A pier shouldn't have vibration issues as a tripod would. These are just things I have been told and thought about when I was deciding pier or tripod. I hope that helps! Clear skies.Joe
Quote:I have the best of both, G11 tripod/pier. Legs are fixed at an angle for max rigidity but yet extendable for leveling on very rough ground. Plus it has a pier top which hold it up away from possibly hitting the legs.I also have portable Parallax pier for my AP1200.
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