Hi, I am in the process of trying to work out what height i should be looking to make my pier height, I am hoping i can please get some suggestions that may help me to determine what height i should be looking at.
I have managed to pick up a good length of 8" diameter Schedule 40 pipe, so this has a wall thickness of 0.644" or if you like and I.D. of 7.981" and O.D. of 8.625"
I have read the e-book on Telescope Piers by Jim McMcathren and the Schedule 40 pipe is a good decent pipe size to use.
I will be putting the setup in a roll of roof , but the main thing is to work out what is a good height to make the per.
The pier will be bolted onto a concrete slab, this slab will be separated from the main slab in the observatory.
The mount is a iOptron CEM120
The imaging scope is a Skywater Esprit 150
I was hoping ( if i can ) to be able to swap out the Sykwatcher Esprit 150 and mount my Celestron C14 on it for visual observing the planets when the season comes around and possibly also image them as well with the C14
So this is kind of the issue in working out the pier height.
At the moment, the tripod is set up at around 38" in height for imaging.
Would it make more sense to:
Setup the C14 on my current tripod, find out what a good visual height is and make the pier to that height?
( I have yet to have the C14 out for visual use )
I will then make the observatory to suit the pier setup, rather than making the pier suit the observatory
Here is a link i found to calculating the wall height of an observatory if anyone is interested in that:
Any advise on tis would be very much appreciated.
Edited by bluesilver, 05 August 2022 - 08:47 PM.