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Bachus
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Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount?
      #4413255 - 02/26/11 03:41 PM

Hello

I'm starting on my ideas for my pier in both pipe and concrete and now looking at various options and ideas for the top plate. In the past I remember seeing some homemade to retail to custom versions of various ways of mounting the head. Is there a post, site and pics to look at? Thank you.


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Mary B
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Bachus]
      #4413343 - 02/26/11 04:39 PM

Dan's Pier Plates will have what you need, I bought one for my CG5 and the quality is top notch. pier plates

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nofxrx
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Mary B]
      #4414042 - 02/26/11 11:40 PM

I bought one of these, and the owner, Curt, was absolutely wonderful to work with!
And they are custom made..
http://www.opticalsupports.com/mount_adapters.html

I considered this before going with the opticalsupports version.
http://www.altairastro.com/product.php?productid=16169&cat=275&page=1

You will love the way a mount performs on a solid pier..it is like night and day!
Good luck!


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Sky Captain
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Bachus]
      #4414217 - 02/27/11 02:42 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

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In the past I remember seeing some homemade to retail to custom versions of various ways of mounting the head.




Mine falls into the homemade/custom category: I wanted my Atlas on a newly aquired Losmandy G11 tripod. I machined the center of the top plate (6" dia.) to accept the Atlas center pin, and then milled an aluminum block to clamp it to the top plate.


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Sky Captain
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4414224 - 02/27/11 02:48 AM Attachment (25 downloads)

Here it is mounted on the new tripod.

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ad701xx
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4414339 - 02/27/11 06:15 AM

Here's another one:

Starizona Pier Adapter


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Adam E
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: ad701xx]
      #4415082 - 02/27/11 03:01 PM

Oh wow, I researched this topic a while back, but I never came across that one from Starizona. Very nice looking at a good (IMO) price.

Thanks for the link!


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Nocturnal
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Adam E]
      #4417498 - 02/28/11 05:22 PM

That Starizona adapter looks like it's for a CGEM but maybe I'm not looking at the right part. Here's how I did it:

http://www.tungstentech.com/Articles/Astronomy/AstroPierConstruction/tabid/68/Default.aspx


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ad701xx
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Nocturnal]
      #4417850 - 02/28/11 08:14 PM

It can be used with both.

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Nocturnal
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: ad701xx]
      #4417875 - 02/28/11 08:25 PM

oh, cool.

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guyroch
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Nocturnal]
      #4418096 - 02/28/11 10:18 PM

I bought this for my NEQ6 and I'm 110% satisfied, excellent workmanship!

http://www.pierplates.com/products1.html

Guylain


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Nils_Lars
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: guyroch]
      #4418107 - 02/28/11 10:27 PM

I just bought the pier extension from Orion and stole the plate from it , they used to sell it separate and have a spot on there website for it but it permanently back ordered.

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Doug76
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Re: Options for "Pier Plate" for Atlas mount? new [Re: Nils_Lars]
      #4419271 - 03/01/11 02:20 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

As did I Erik.
I went for the best price, on something specifically made for the Atlas mount, so I bought the Atlas extension post, and mounted it atop my concrete pier. Works like a charm, and was the best buy of all adapter plates I looked at.
For ease of installation, I replaced the original 6" steel post with a 4" aluminum post of the same ID/OD.
The aluminum plate centers and steadies the post, and the L-brackets insure it never moves.
The post is not set into the concrete. It rests on top of it.


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