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Pier and mount or Tripod and mount

Guest telescope4u

Which do you have?  

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  1. 1. Which do you have?

    • Tripod and mount
    • Pier and mount
    • Both

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Hi Damien,

I owned an Orion Optics 8" f4 newt which was mounted on their own MkII mount. I had that pier mounted in the garden from 1996 to 2001. The mount was pure junk though, flippin awful. I eventually replaced it all with a dobsonian. Because the pier was not observatory based and had to be setup each time, i found it no easier than a tripod. But it was sturdy.


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My 8" f5 newt is not heavy so setting up each time is not really an issue apart from the time it takes at present. The garden is a building site while we do the conservatory, so I don't have shed space to store the gear. I am having to keep it in the living room - which, as you can imagine, really pleases the wife!!!

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