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#1 DRohrman

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:52 PM

Hi Everyone:

Are there some recommendations for and experience with a Questar 3.5 and pier cover for use for overnight 2-3 nights in semi-arid San Diego area (80s during the day and mid 60s at night, with little chance of rain. In addition I would use the screw-in corrector plate cover. 

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#2 Les Aperture

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:33 PM

Try a patio umbrella cover.

Available at any of the home improvement stores for cheap. They are usually  a soft vinyl with a fleece interior.

The pier or Tri-stand legs will be exposed. Just worry about the salt air...!

 

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:38 PM

While we are on the subject:

 

I have a 6" RC that I need to cover during the day while on multiple day trips.

 

It will have a camera attached and would be about the equivalent of a 6" or 8" cassegrain and on a GEM/tripod.

 

What covers work well for this combination?



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Posted 14 September 2019 - 03:01 PM

I find the TeleGizmos Standard Telescope Cover that **** 8" SCT Telescopes work well - TeleGizmos solar scope covers are a multi-layer, polyethylene material with a fully aluminized surface.  The cover is highly water resistant.  They cost between $55-$85, depending on size - just google it - sold by many astronomy stores.

 

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#5 Mike E.

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 08:11 AM

Other options which work for me are to use a canoeing duffel bag for our standard Questar, or a portable toilet tent which works for both the standard and Questar 7.  Here are some photos.....

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 02:23 PM

I have a serious case of tripod envy!

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 04:36 PM

A truly functional work of art by a talented engineer and machinist. bow.gif 

Its a Particle Wave Technologies (PWT) Monolith portable pier. 


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 04:35 AM

Wow! Looks like nested rocket ships!

 

Toilet tent eh? Maybe no one will want to steal from that ship if they think the only thing inside is the captain's log. 


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#9 Mike E.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 12:43 PM

Wow! Looks like nested rocket ships!

 

Toilet tent eh? Maybe no one will want to steal from that ship if they think the only thing inside is the captain's log. 

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Posted 06 October 2019 - 10:02 AM

Other options which work for me are to use a canoeing duffel bag for our standard Questar, or a portable toilet tent which works for both the standard and Questar 7.  Here are some photos.....

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Holy Canoli. By looking at your pictures it looks like your Questar and tripod grew in size. Was this a science experiment gone awry?

On a more serious note can you provide information on the tripod and stand for the Questar.



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Posted 06 October 2019 - 11:05 AM

Holy Canoli. By looking at your pictures it looks like your Questar and tripod grew in size. Was this a science experiment gone awry?

On a more serious note can you provide information on the tripod and stand for the Questar.

Sorry for the late reply. The tripod was made by Particle Wave Technologies ( PWT ), and was one of the last run before the company closed shop; It was designated as a Monolith Portable Pier. The wedge mount is a Mead brand which I modified to support the wider base of the Questar 7.  These portable piers came in several sizes and were custom made to order. I also took the option at the time to have an extension tube fabricated, which would increase the elevation for future use with an equatorial mount.

 

Our standard 3 1/2" Questar is mounted on a 1950's vintage " Tiltall # 4602 Professional "camera tripod. I understand they are now produced by Leitz. If you can find one of the early aluminum finish models by the C.M. Marchioni company which is in good condition, I am confident you will not be disappointed; the quality is superb, and worthy of a Questar.


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