Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

Welcome to Stargazers Lounge

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to contribute to this site by submitting your own content or replying to existing content. You'll be able to customise your profile, receive reputation points as a reward for submitting content, while also communicating with other members via your own private inbox, plus much more! This message will be removed once you have signed in.

  • Announcements



Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
  • entries
  • comments
  • views

Lowestoft pier aka. George's column - nearing completion

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0


The pier construction project for my 5 inch refractor is nearing completion. Today, I bolted the oak capping, the mild steel levelling plate and my NEQ6 Pro equatorial mount to the top of the reinforced concrete column.  All in all I think the project will have cost me about £120 for materials but I did have some of the stuff I needed already in my shed.  The weather, true to form, has suddenly turned grim - grey clouds horizon to horizon.:happy6:  I guess this is my fault.

Everything seems to have turned out alright so unless the earth crust folds under the imposed weight I should be imaging Jupiter very soon subject to jet stream and cloud cover.

The fabrication-construction stages were as follows:

  • Obtaining via the Internet the laser cut 6mm mild steel disc for making the levelling plate.
  • Drilling it to take the  3 stainless steel threaded studs used to fix the levelling plate to the top of the concrete pier.
  • Drilling it to enable my existing extension pillar/puck to be bolted to it.
  • Cutting and welding reinforcing bar to create a reinforcement cage for the concrete pier.
  • Choosing the best location and marking out for the pier.
  • Drilling my existing concrete paving through into the concrete sub base ( i didn't want to dig the paving up for the pier foundation).
  • Chem fixing shear studs and the bottom of the reinforcement cage into the concrete sub- base.
  • Constructing the timber formwork for the pier.
  • Casting the concrete in two pours.
  • Removing the formwork after 14 days.
  • Painting  the levelling plate using three coats of Hammerite.
  • Making the timber pillar capping and eyepiece tray from some surplius oak kitchen worktop.
  • Boltting and levelling the capping, levelling plate and NEQ6Pro to the top of the concrete pier.

Now I can turn my shed endeavours towards Spectrometer Mk3.:happy7:



2 people like this
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0


There are no comments to display.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now