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Brian28

Garden Pier ..

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I’m going to install a pier in my garden , as my garden is too small to set up an obsy .. 

So I’m just wondering what others do or suggest in regards of covering the mount when not in use ..  

I will be installing a MESU200 on the pier , but will I need to remove it when not in use , or can I wrap it up .. my concerns are the damp

Obviously.. .....  I will be removing the scopes if not being used for a few days 
 

any thoughts or suggestions appreciated..   

Brian 

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Hi Brian,

For the same reason as yourself, I installed a pier with an NEQ6 atop and covered with a cycle cover from a well known Automotive retailer. This is the third winter with no problems, being left under cover all year round. Apart from the observing sessions I remove the cover from time to time, and that's it....no problems.

I have, since this picture, put a stone circle around the pier, and a curved trellis wall with drapes on the inside to exclude light , and it is all rather cosy....:smiley:

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Thanks Steve .. Is the mount damp when you remove the cover ? 

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Hi,

I recently installed a pier in my garden, with the intention of leaving my EQ8 on it all the time and just bringing it my scope and camera, so I fitted it all, and had a waterproof breathable cover made to measure, and after a few days it was all good, then a few days later it was drenched in condensation and I thought I had ruined my mount... 😮, I have no idea why this happened, as many people, example above just throw a cover over and all is good 🤔, so anyway after trawling the Internet, I read a post somewhere that said a breathable cover is not always a good idea and to use a telegizmo 365, which are NOT breathable but have the silver lining to stop heat build up and also to secure it well around the bottom with a large desiccant pack inside to remove any moisture....and this has been superb, not a drop of moisture, and the desiccant packs are re chargeable by plugging in the mains for 12 hours, and last for ages in such a small space... I reckon I could leave my scopes on too....

So that’s what worked for me, the problem with condensation is that it can come and go in a few days, so unless you check under the cover almost every day, you might not even know it was there until it’s too late and electronics are ruined....

HTH

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Ok that sounds interesting as well .. 👍

where do these desiccant packs come from may I ask ?    
 

cheers Brian

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7 minutes ago, Brian28 said:

Ok that sounds interesting as well .. 👍

where do these desiccant packs come from may I ask ?    
 

cheers Brian

These ones came off ebay, £20 for a pack of two, so one can be I use and a second one to swap with...

similar to these...
 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132929937389

I really don’t understand all the people that just seem to throw any old cover over a mount and never have issues with condensation, or do they, but don’t see it...as they don’t check every few days.... I found it to be a real problem, and that was with a bespoke good quality cover....🤔

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I regularly leave the mount outside for up to 5/6 days at a time when I am at Astro camp which is on grass. Last weekend I left it up from Friday to Tuesday morning at Davey T's.  It's covered with a long scope cover, if the daytime is dry I sometimes take the scope cover off to give it all some air and dry off any damp bits.  Davey T said his is outside all the time and he does the same and also puts a heated pet blanket inside the cover which is tied with a bungey.

I think you would be wise to bring in scopes and cameras if not being used for a while though, i.e,. during the Moon phases.  

Carole 

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As Carole said I have mine permanently outside with a pet warming blanket under the cover, this runs of a 12volt golf trolley battery that has a 25watt solar panel to charge it although it doesn't charge sufficiently in the short winter days so I have to put a charger on it.

Keeps it dew free under the cover which I had made by a company that make car covers.

Dave

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Thanks Guys , all very interesting with some good ideas .. .I think I will definitely run a permanent power supply to the pier as well , sounds like it could be useful even when the scopes are not in use ! 😉 

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30 minutes ago, Brian28 said:

Thanks Steve .. Is the mount damp when you remove the cover ? 

Brian,

Thanks to a shoulder injury, I have not used this mount and refractor since last August and certainly the cover has not come off since probably November. I have just today removed it for a check, there is a slight feeling of dampness/coldness, but there usually is. I flicked the switch and it powered up immediately, and worked fine.

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+1 for the Telegizmos 365.  Expensive but I've had mine for 8 years and it's still going strong.

As with others it's sometimes just covering the pier, sometimes the mount for a few days / weeks and sometimes the whole setup for a day or two...

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9 minutes ago, Saganite said:

Brian,

Thanks to a shoulder injury, I have not used this mount and refractor since last August and certainly the cover has not come off since probably November. I have just today removed it for a check, there is a slight feeling of dampness/coldness, but there usually is. I flicked the switch and it powered up immediately, and worked fine.

Thanks Steve 

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My mount is always outside, covered with 2 big rubble sacks to waterproof and then a cheap scope cover. I keep a couple of dew heater strips wrapped around the mount all the time to provide some heat to prevent moisture buildup.  

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8 minutes ago, Brian28 said:

Thanks Guys , all very interesting with some good ideas .. .I think I will definitely run a permanent power supply to the pier as well , sounds like it could be useful even when the scopes are not in use ! 😉 

Definiteley a big plus for me. Lugging an 85 amp /hr leisure battery from the garage to the pier  for the first year or two lost its appeal in spite of the simplicity..:smiley:

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You could always make a wooden frame to go over the mount. This would keep the waterproof material off the scope and if you leave a gap at the bottom allow the air to circulate. 

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The desiccant units are ideal to use under a cover, and can be re charged in 12 hours, but buy a pack of two.... so you always have one ready...

I guess the solution is, either remove any moisture, to stop condensation, or heat up the area to stop it, both seem to work... 👍

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132929937389

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Believe me I will go “belt and braces” desiccant units , heater blankets, and covers ..  ✊

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2 hours ago, Saganite said:

Hi Brian,

For the same reason as yourself, I installed a pier with an NEQ6 atop and covered with a cycle cover from a well known Automotive retailer. This is the third winter with no problems, being left under cover all year round. Apart from the observing sessions I remove the cover from time to time, and that's it....no problems.

I have, since this picture, put a stone circle around the pier, and a curved trellis wall with drapes on the inside to exclude light , and it is all rather cosy....:smiley:

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Sorry Brian not trying to hijack your thread by any means and since I'm in the market for the exact solution as yourself so I wanted to find out from Steve (since I don't drive so I don't get the hint), can you share the link to this cover? Pm me if you need to if this goes against the rules of posting it publicly. 

Thanks 

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Hi Brian,

I leave my Mount, scope, camera, filters, in fact everything outside under a 365 and an ENS cover and have done with all my equipment since getting a permanganate pier, I'm up and running in 5 mins. I tend to regularly check the PA as taking the covers on and off gives me a small concern with accuracy, but that's it, I leave plenty of room underneath so that everything can breath: -

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Very good advice from the above posts.

One thing missed (by us scope enthusiasts) is the appearance.
There are certain non-astro folks who don't want a stick with a bag on top in the middle of the garden!😒

Somewhere (I don't remember where) a few years back I saw a fibre glass ornamental dovecote used to cover a mount.
I think it had been hacksawed in half and a weather seal on the joint.
It made it easy to lift off or replace each night.

If you don't want a dovecote, then I'm sure you could fit an ex children's playground cartoon figure or whatever🤔

David.

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1 hour ago, Carbon Brush said:

Very good advice from the above posts.

One thing missed (by us scope enthusiasts) is the appearance.
There are certain non-astro folks who don't want a stick with a bag on top in the middle of the garden!😒

Somewhere (I don't remember where) a few years back I saw a fibre glass ornamental dovecote used to cover a mount.
I think it had been hacksawed in half and a weather seal on the joint.
It made it easy to lift off or replace each night.

If you don't want a dovecote, then I'm sure you could fit an ex children's playground cartoon figure or whatever🤔

David.

I’ll live with a bag ..  and so will the wife ! ✊

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2 hours ago, Jkulin said:

Hi Brian,

I leave my Mount, scope, camera, filters, in fact everything outside under a 365 and an ENS cover and have done with all my equipment since getting a permanganate pier, I'm up and running in 5 mins. I tend to regularly check the PA as taking the covers on and off gives me a small concern with accuracy, but that's it, I leave plenty of room underneath so that everything can breath: -

 

Hi John ,  what’s a 365 & ENS cover ? .... 

I am hoping to leave the mount outside , and after reading the comments received so far that all seems doable with out detrimental effect to the equipment .. I will leave the scopes set up if there are periods of clear skies forecast , otherwise I will remove and store back in my workshop ..  

 

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Hi Brian,

365 is 365 Astronomy and ENS is ENS OPtical, both have branded covers.
Be interested to see the pier when done.
You hit me as very brave to leave a Mesu mount out inside a bag, why not a push away small housing or similar?

 

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Alan's push away suggestion reminds me of a Norfolk SGL members solution. A Tardis!

Open the doors and push the 'shed' backwards on rails to reveal everything set up and ready to go.

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36 minutes ago, Brian28 said:

Hi John ,  what’s a 365 & ENS cover ? .... 

I am hoping to leave the mount outside , and after reading the comments received so far that all seems doable with out detrimental effect to the equipment .. I will leave the scopes set up if there are periods of clear skies forecast , otherwise I will remove and store back in my workshop ..  

 

365 is the Telegizmos 365 cover variant and ENS optical have something that's called Astro Jacket. 

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