As result of direct research, Astro Engineering have a close understanding of the causes of vibration in observatory installations. This knowledge has been exploited in the new design of the Standard observatory Pier. The Standard pier uses AE's tried and tested anti-vibration design technology and features a side aperture or "Owl's nest" that allows popular Meade and Celestron fork mounted telescopes (like the LX90) to be mounted in basic Alt-azimuth mode as well as equatorial mode (with an additional wedge). The Owl's nest features a support arch to ensure that the pier has the same ultra rigid performance as the advanced AC421 Pier-Pro. An azimuth register (for use with EQ wedges by Meade & AE) is included with the pier.
The Standard pier can be bolted directly to a suitable concrete floor or founding block. Manufactured from heavy steel the Standard Pier is finished in black stipple-finish resin powder coating. Specification: 1010mm (39.75") high
A fitting kit is available seperatly.
About the designer: born in Ilford in 1959, Robert J Dalby is well known to amateur astronomers as an exacting practitioner and populariser of CCD astro-imaging. He is co-inventor (with Dr Kunihiko Okano) of the LRGB image compositing method, and designer of over 600 astronomy accessories on sale under various brand names around the world. Robert has provided mountings for literally thousands of telescopes used by professional and self-funded astronomers (his preferred term for amateurs!). His high performance telescope mountings can be found from research installations in Moscow to the top of a volcano on La Palma! In 1989 Robert founded Astro Engineering - a UK manufacturer of some of the world´s finest astronomy accessories.