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18th of November 2008 (Tue), 19:50
Ive been wanting to build a sturdy elevated platform in my smallish backyard to put my scope on. Maybe have a built in mount for my 8"SCT. Anyone done anything like that ? I would like it to be 4 or 5 feet in the air and 7 or 8 feet sq. So I can manuver around it and show people .
18th of November 2008 (Tue), 20:01
Do you mean a pier mount that is a concrete pillar that is independent from a deck-type structure? Click through this site to see the different steps. Their are a lot of these out there, this is just one example.
Build it the height you need, add your deck around it and you'll have a solid scope that won't be effected by people walking around it. Great idea, if I had darker skies I'd have one or possibly a Sky Pod or shed observatory.
23rd of November 2008 (Sun), 10:25
I'll second Steve's suggestion....
Astronomy platforms should not touch the tripod or pillars that are holding your optics.
So, any platform would have a "hole" in it where the pillar/pier would pop up, or 3 holes if using a tripod.
Why 4'-5' in the air? Do you have a tree line you're trying to see over?
23rd of November 2008 (Sun), 21:50
My backyard is sloped and if I was up in the air I would have a lower line to the horizon.No big trees in my neighborhood but a few chimneys in the way.
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