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Laz
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Convertible pier top
      #5997758 - 07/30/13 03:27 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

I built a small split-roof obs several years ago on a concrete slab in the back yard.I was mostly observing plus some video imaging at times with my Nexstar 8i . The scope was mounted on top of a wheeled cart containing the moniter and recorder. However since the obs was only 7X8' it left no room for setting up my Super polaris mount. My solution was a steel pier with a ply top which accepts the Nexstar 8...the N8 can be lifted off and a self leveling cage attached which contains the SP base attached with 3/8" bolts thru blind nuts on the main base. The pics should make the construction easier to understand. the pier was filled with 50 lbs of sand and is rock steady.

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Laz
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Re: Convertible pier top new [Re: Laz]
      #5997761 - 07/30/13 03:29 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

another pic

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Laz
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Re: Convertible pier top new [Re: Laz]
      #5997762 - 07/30/13 03:30 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

more pics

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Laz
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Re: Convertible pier top new [Re: Laz]
      #5997766 - 07/30/13 03:32 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

last pic

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Goodchild
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Re: Convertible pier top new [Re: Laz]
      #5998767 - 07/30/13 04:47 PM

Laz,
Clever idea. I like it. What scope do you use to mount on the SP?


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Laz
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Re: Convertible pier top new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5998891 - 07/30/13 06:18 PM

homemade 5" F5 with a Jaegers lens aka 1976 or demounted from fork N8i

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