Table Rock Observatory
Nov 11 2006, 03:48 PM
Joined: 6-June 06
From: Frederick Maryland
QUOTE(Richard B. Drumm)
Ah, I see now. With your scope 8" lower to the ground than with the tripod it shows me why the "walls" look so short... The scope is riding low, so the dome has to ride low so you can see near the horizon!
I'm much too interested in continuing public outreach with my scope and keeping the tripod in play to go the pier route, at least just yet... I'm afraid that if I was to get a pier I'd be loath to remove the mount and do any outreach, that I'd get stuck to the observatory.
I'm not too worried about vibrations, though, 'cause I'm not much of an imager, more visual. I'll have to do the same dummy set up myself to see how I like the wall size, I probably have more light pollution here with Charlottesville just to my south, and I've got trees to the East & to some extent the West...
I'll have to take a month or 2 to think that one over...
I am 100 percent visual myself ... and as a temporary set up I
have my SCT set up on a 60 inch tall Antares Portable pier ..which
sits on a small deck UNDER my Observatory... NO VIBRATIONS at all..
completely isolated from the building... its working out so well that
I may just "make do" with this setup for a long long time..... or at least think about making my own pier with 8 inch pipe..as the 4 inch is slightly overwhelmed..
No tripod legs inside the dome to trip over.... and no vibrations...adds up to a winner...
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