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Old 26-08-2019, 03:43 PM
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Putting the HEQ 5 on a pier

The pier is not a problem but the bit between the pier and the mount is...in the past I made these sort of things but there must be something I can buy..any pointers?
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Old 26-08-2019, 04:29 PM
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https://skywatcheraustralia.com.au/p...5-pier-tripod/

Remove casters, bolt it to the concrete. Done
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Old 26-08-2019, 04:32 PM
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I found this HEQ5 pier adapter from Altair Astro in the UK

Cost was around 79 pounds sterling

Surely there’s a 3 party supplier in Australia ?

Martin
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https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...mount-EQ5.html

Why not ask the local pier guy: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...d.php?t=177650

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Missed one photo
Here it is
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Old 26-08-2019, 05:08 PM
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Remove casters, bolt it to the concrete. Done
Thank you Lewis.
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Alex
I found this HEQ5 pier adapter from Altair Astro in the UK

Cost was around 79 pounds sterling

Surely there’s a 3 party supplier in Australia ?

Martin
Thank you Martin
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Thank you Lewis
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Thank you Lewis
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I am surprised that whatever I do it will be what I consider expensive.
So I may as well cut the legs of the tripod to fit and just set them in cement...or make a unit out of glass reinforced ply..or a piece of box steel ... But I have to do something very soon the observatory is at the stage where the piers need to go in...
In any event thank you both for your help I did not know of any of the suggestions so at least I now know.
Alex

If I had the power I could weld something..maybe I will have to build it in Sydney..the ply approach seems the best so far.. low thermal whatever...easy to bolt on switches and stuff...I will design something later ..maybe incorporate a drink holder...
Alex

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Old 26-08-2019, 07:19 PM
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Alex,
I mounted my NEQ6PRO head on the SW 200mm extension, the extension was mounted on the 1.7m steel pier using a M12.5 center bolt.
Worked well for me over the past six years.
Hope this helps.
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Old 26-08-2019, 07:21 PM
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The pier is not a problem but the bit between the pier and the mount is...in the past I made these sort of things but there must be something I can buy..any pointers?
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You really are a DIY'er aren't you
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Old 26-08-2019, 07:55 PM
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Alex, here's my solution. A couple of square plates holes drilled and a wooden spacer for the mount to sit in, there is a central hole in the plate to bolt the mount down. The bottom plate is welded to the pier. The plates I used are cantilever umbrella bolt down bases, pre drilled and threaded.
https://theshadecentre.com.au/produc...onground-base/

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Old 26-08-2019, 07:59 PM
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$20 worth of scrap 8mm aluminium plate, some stainless bolts and countersunk screws from below. You do need a recess in your pier top plate for the centre bolt and a very solid 12mm overhanging pier cap plate on 80 mm solid bar. (If you wish to bolt from below but I suppose you could tap the plate.)

Cutting a 60mm hole in the plates is the fun part.
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Old 26-08-2019, 08:47 PM
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You really are a DIY'er aren't you
Yes. Once if I wanted something I had to build it cause many things I wanted did not exist or were unaffordable...and I enjoy it from a creative point of view..like art I guess..and you are not too bad at it ...mmm let me count up the projects of yours I know of...
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Alex, here's my solution. A couple of square plates holes drilled and a wooden spacer for the mount to sit in, there is a central hole in the plate to bolt the mount down. The bottom plate is welded to the pier. The plates I used are cantilever umbrella bolt down bases, pre drilled and threaded.
https://theshadecentre.com.au/produc...onground-base/

Rick
Thanks that helps.
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$20 worth of scrap 8mm aluminium plate, some stainless bolts and countersunk screws from below. You do need a recess in your pier top plate for the centre bolt and a very solid 12mm overhanging pier cap plate on 80 mm solid bar. (If you wish to bolt from below but I suppose you could tap the plate.)

Cutting a 60mm hole in the plates is the fun part.
Far too flash Ray. Very nice but I have no where to get plate easy.
But I am getting ideas.
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Old 26-08-2019, 09:50 PM
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Alex, a block of wood got me by until I had the time to make something up. It might not look pretty but it did get the job done.
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Yes. Once if I wanted something I had to build it cause many things I wanted did not exist or were unaffordable...and I enjoy it from a creative point of view..like art I guess..and you are not too bad at it ...mmm let me count up the projects of yours I know of...
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Me too I have learned a LOT of DIY since coming here

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The pier is not a problem but the bit between the pier and the mount is...in the past I made these sort of things but there must be something I can buy..any pointers?
Alex
Alex, I was able to get hold of a HEQ5 tripod and with the legs removed, I was able to attach it to a pier. I managed to find a photo of the offending article in situ before I sold the farm and moved into the 'burbs. It worked well enough. The trick was to attach it to the pier and for this I improvised some small bit of aluminium out of a one-inch profile. It wasn't pretty but it did work.

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Me too I have learned a LOT of DIY since coming here

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and This

http://www.spacegazer.com/index.asp?pageid=97486


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Alex, I was able to get hold of a HEQ5 tripod and with the legs removed, I was able to attach it to a pier. I managed to find a photo of the offending article in situ before I sold the farm and moved into the 'burbs. It worked well enough. The trick was to attach it to the pier and for this I improvised some small bit of aluminium out of a one-inch profile. It wasn't pretty but it did work.

Peter
Thanks Peter.
Last night I came up with what I think will be my approach...but now I have some holes to dig...maybe today but I have been up for hours painting and I am really tired...
Alex

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Thanks Peter.
Last night I came up with what I think will be my approach...but now I have some holes to dig...maybe today but I have been up for hours painting and I am really tired...
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Cheers Alex,

here are a couple more pics I took for you. I note that you have already settled on a course of action but rather than waste these pics, I will attach them for the amusement of others.

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Cheers Alex,

here are a couple more pics I took for you. I note that you have already settled on a course of action but rather than waste these pics, I will attach them for the amusement of others.

Peter
Sorry for the delay in a reply.
First I thank you for going to the trouble of taking the photos and posting them.

What you show is really what I would like to do but it requires that I buy a welder, not a problem, but would have to build it in Sydney..anyways the more I have thought about it the more I have convinced myself that the ply and fiber glass overlay will do the job.
I mix black tile grout in my final layer of resin and lay a sheet of paper over the wet resin to produce a very smooth surface..so it should be strong and aesthetically pleasing...I will use two layers of form ply..which I have already rounded up.
Yesterday I took measurements and just about ready to start...
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