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#1 johnsoda

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:21 AM

I just added a iOptron mini-pier to my tripod. If you have a long refractor and always worry about it hitting the tripod, you might want to think about this. It’s surprisingly light and seems pretty stiff. It’s especially good for astrophotography since you’re often not around to make sure the camera and accessories don’t hit the tripod during meridian flips and when moving from target to target. I’m happy with it so far, and it solves a problem I’ve had for a while. 

 

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:38 AM

That looks great.  I have been on the fence about buying one of these, so I am glad to hear a good report.

 

The 2" iOptron tripod is not solid when you extend the legs, so this would allow me to keep it low ! For $138 USD

I think I will go for it. 

 

 

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#3 stargazer60

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:02 AM

Yes thanks johnsoda, I also was wondering about the same thing.



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:17 PM

I've been thinking of buying one too.  Can it be a point of flexure or does it mount quite solid? 



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:40 PM

I've been thinking of buying one too.  Can it be a point of flexure or does it mount quite solid? 

Seems pretty stiff, although theoretically anything you add in the support train decreases system stiffness. However, if your system is balanced properly, your CG should be centered over the pier and remain so no matter where the OTA is pointing, so the pier shouldn’t matter much.  I certainly haven’t noticed an issue. 



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Posted 26 August 2019 - 01:15 AM

I've been thinking of buying one too.  Can it be a point of flexure or does it mount quite solid? 

 

It's quite solid, so much so that I used it on my permanent pier.

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