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Old 06-04-2014, 10:05 AM
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Astrophysics 1100 mounted on a G11 tripod?

I am trying to sort out what I will put an 1100 on as I have no permanent or portable pier. I have seen the Astrophysics portable pier but I am unsure about its ablilty to level on unlevel ground so a mate suggested I might be able to get a G11 tripod and with an adapter plate put the 1100 directly onto a solid tripod that the legs can be adjusted.

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:13 PM
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Mark,

I had my AP900 on a G11 tripod for a while and it worked quite well. Now I use one of Rob Miller's tripods which is fantastic - very light and portable but still very rigid.

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I am trying to sort out what I will put an 1100 on as I have no permanent or portable pier. I have seen the Astrophysics portable pier but I am unsure about its ablilty to level on unlevel ground so a mate suggested I might be able to get a G11 tripod and with an adapter plate put the 1100 directly onto a solid tripod that the legs can be adjusted.

Any thoughts on this idea???

Thanks

Mark
Mark. I'd start with level-ish ground where possible, regardless of the mount?

Now, the AP piers, despite what looks like a fixed shape, the turnbuckles DO allow for a BIT of tip-tilt adjustment. Nip up a buckle and you'll be surprised at just how much tweaking is possible in those three rods. But again, it does need that very rough, ballpark level to begin with.

I suspect that AP has stuck with this tried and tested design, for good reason

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Here's an extract from my 1600 manual which touches on this subject. See point 4.:
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Otherwise, this looks like a steal:

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...d.php?t=119067
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Mount for AP 1100 GTO

Hi Mark,
Ive just received my AP 1100 GTO. I've got it mounted on a Losmandy HD mount with .

It seems like a pretty good combo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nichol...s/14077442491/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nichol...s/12553946974/
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My AP1100 is due to arrive next week.

I've ordered a portable pier from Advanced Telecope Systems.

http://www.advancedtelescope.com/portable.php
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Thanks all. If Nicholas and Lyndal could tell me how long ago you placed your order that would be great.

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Thanks all. If Nicholas and Lyndal could tell me how long ago you placed your order that would be great.

Mark
Hi Mark, I ordered mine late November 2013. There was a delay because the guy at Astro-Physics who does the testing had a family emergency.

are going to go ahead and order?
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:08 PM
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The AP portapier is excellent. The ground does not have to very level at all. It has wide and arched feet, and is extremely stable. There is surprising adjustment from the turnbuckle arrangement. It was also inexpensive. I carry around 35kg of payload, and the shaft is full of AP weights - never had a problem.

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