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DFV10191
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Reged: 02/27/11

Tripod vs. Portable Pier?
      #4415597 - 02/27/11 06:49 PM

Ok, I think I've finally settled on an iOptron iEQ45 mount after reading the "EPIC" thread and other comments posted here on CN...but now I have another quandry.
What are some thoughts on a standard tripod vs a portable pier?
iOptron offers the '45 with either (the pier is an extra $180 if ordered at the same time as the mount instead of the tripod - otherwise it is $400 later).
Initially, I'm interested in visual, but I intend to move towards astro-imaging, too as funds and skills allow.


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LLEEGE
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Reged: 03/03/05

Loc: Cloud-chester,NY
Re: Tripod vs. Portable Pier? new [Re: DFV10191]
      #4415667 - 02/27/11 07:15 PM

They both have their pros and cons. A pier will be more "solid" but a tripod gives you adjustable heights.

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SPACEMAN
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Reged: 01/30/05

Loc: grömme,Belgium
Re: Tripod vs. Portable Pier? new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4415694 - 02/27/11 07:24 PM

Hello,

Personaly i don't think a pier gives you a more solid construction... because a pier goes straight down and maybe then with some legs spreading out. A tripod go's from the top in a triangle down... This results in a bigger array where the weight of the whole setup can be put on.

Sorry for my bad englisch.


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morden8uk
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Reged: 03/01/05

Loc: Southampton, England
Re: Tripod vs. Portable Pier? new [Re: SPACEMAN]
      #4418454 - 03/01/11 05:14 AM

Hi There,

Had both.. now only own a steel leg tripod. Its a lot easier to cart in and out of the shed.. The Pier was nice, but sooo heavy!!


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Asimov
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Re: Tripod vs. Portable Pier? new [Re: morden8uk]
      #4419964 - 03/01/11 07:57 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

You can have the best of all worlds if it's built correctly. Lightweight & portable, yet a lot more robust & less suseptible to vibrations than a tripod. Adjustable height for levelling. In this case, I've made mine so it can carry two mounts; EQ6 & the CGE.

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Asimov
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Re: Tripod vs. Portable Pier? new [Re: Asimov]
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