|Overall view of the completed
steel pier and wedge.
The assembly is attached to the driveway using 4 internally threaded 3/8" NC steel expanding anchors. The locating washers are designed so the entire assembly can be removed and reinstalled with little or no wedge adjustment.
|Side shot of the wedge showing the altitude slot detail.|
|Front quarter view of the wedge.|
|Rear view of the wedge.
The LX50 has studs sticking from the bottom of the mount and the nuts are conveniently located on a magnet to allow for easy one person mounting of the telescope.
|Here is a shot of my other pier out on the Whispering Ranch near the Vulture gold Mine south of Wickenburg AZ. I used the same construction as the driveway pier except I did away with the base plate and extended the pipe to 5 feet in length. It is planted in 5 sacks of concrete and is firmly tied to the Kalichi layer (it's an Arizona thing)|
|Instructions and drawings of the pier and wedge are available for download in a ZIP file format that includes all of the above pictures.|
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