Baader Planetarium - Guiding tube clamps with ball bearing bearing surfaces
Massive, solid, turned aluminium rings, width 28 mm, support surface with photo-threaded connection ¼ "and additionally 2 through-holes 5 mm diameter.
3 adjusting screws (M10) with 10mm Ø, ball bearing bearing surface made of V2A steel, covered with a hard rubber sheath (i.e. the screw pressure surface does not rotate during the adjustment of the telescope!). The guiding telescope is absolutely solid, non-slip and will not be scratched! A further four milled planar surfaces with a photo-threaded hole are installed on the outer diameter in order to be able to attach additional accessories to the rings on the outside or to connect several rings together
Losmandy MAL - Adaptor for Large Field Tripod.
Losmandy Gemini 2 Upgrade. Includes Gemini 2 controller and handset with cables.
Research grade telescopes housed permanently in an observatory should really be installed on a permanent pier with an anti-vibration design. Years of experience in researching, designing and installing piers has led to this superb range of Rigel piers manufactured from heavy steel.
Rigel Pier for all mounts Anti-vibration pier designed for the popular telescope mounts
The pier is manufactured by Pulsar Observatories who have many years experience designing and installing anti vibration steel piers. This knowledge has been used for their new design of observatory pier, and is available for most commercial telescope mounts. The pier can be bolted directly to a suitable concrete floor or founding block. Manufactured from heavy steel the Rigel Pier has a black powder coat finish. Specification: 1125mm high. Required purchase is the correct adaptor plate for your mount.
A pier fitting kit with all fasteners is available seperatly.
A Pallet delivery charge of £50 is applicable.
The original and the best.
The Losmandy Univsersal plates are the heart of the Losmandy Secondary System. 0.5" x 4.0" x length of the tube assembly. The dovetail plates, like all accessories in the Losmandy line, are machined for lightness and rigidity from aluminum stock, then black anodized for a tough, corrosion free surface.
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6kg and 4kg stainless steel counterweights with 30mm bore for GM1000 and AValon Linear mount and any other mount using a 30mm outside diameter counterweight shaft.
The Altair SkyShed Pier is a revolutionary design. It's made of rock solid 6mm thick powder coated steel, and is height adjustable from 37-42 inches - which is the optimum size range for small or large SCT's, or long refractors on an EQ mount. Now with free UK delivery.
Why a pier? It's ultra-stable, and you don't have to keep re-aligning your telescope mount every time you use it. It can be quickly and conveniently moved if you move observing locations, and it's a must-have if you have an observatory, creating loads of space around the telescope - no more bumping into tripod legs in the dark, and ruining a good imaging run.
Why the Altair/SkyShed Pier design? It's the easiest pier to install, period, and the special adjustable pier-head saves you set-up time. Pier levelling and rotation can be adjusted AFTER installation on the base! (This is the most innovative pier on the market and the first to sport this feature). It's for customers who appreciate a good quality finish, and a nicely made product due to laser cut steel, and a beautiful gloss "automative grade" powder coated finish. No spraypaint, no drips, no single coat spraypaint finish which will chip off and corrode, and no slapdash welding.
What's the benefit of post-installation adjustment? The pier head can be locked in any position, at any time. That means there's no need for perfect North alignment of the base bolts, and even if you get the base levelling slightly wrong, you can still ensure your mount is perfectly upright and aligned North/South. That means you don't have to be a DIY expert to install it!
What comes in the box? We provide you with a plywood template for the base and L-bolts and nuts, if you're going to pour your own concrete. (Click on the image for step by step photos). If you want to install the pier on an existing flat surface, we provide 4x straight bolts instead. All you'll need is a drill and a tube of builder's epoxy to complete installation.
How do I attach my telescope? The pier is pre-drilled with 6x holes which fit our CNC machined aluminium Pier adapters for the Celestron CG5, Skywatcher EQ5, HEQ5, EQ6 German equatorial mounts (click on the image, or click the Related products tab below). Installing a mount and adapter takes a few minutes. You can also easily drill the 13" dia. top plate with a normal drill with metal bit, to accommodate your Meade or Celestron Wedge, a Losmandy Pier adapter. Finally, you can bolt certain mounts directly to the top plate, such as some Astro Physics mounts.
**Please note there is a delivery charge for this item. Please contact for delivery quote**
•A original and innovative design!
•Free UK delivery (except for northern Scotland, which attracts a £30 additional fee).
•Can be adjusted in levelling and rotation AFTER installation.
•8 inches in diameter adjustable in height from 36-38 inches (optimum size range for small or large SCT's, or long refractors on an EQ mount).
•6mm Powder Coated steel throughout for extreme rigidity, yet relatively light weight.
•Powder coated laser-cut steel for a crisp finish. (Another first).
•Large, flat 13" Dia baseplate, for easy access to the base bolts, with four perimeter fins.
•4x massive 16mm bolts support the top pier plate.
•Pre-drilled for classic Meade and Celestron Fork mounts.
•Adapters available for most mounts, CGEM, EQ6, HEQ5, even EQ5.
(Search for "pier adapter EQ6" for example).
•Suitable for up to 14" Cassegrains and heavy duty mounts. (Call for larger custom sizes).
•Hole in base and cap for neater hidden power cables.
•Perfect for any observatory, including the Skyshed POD.
•Can be filled with sand (in bags) to dampen vibration even further.
•We provide "L-bolts" if you're pouring concrete, or "straight" bolts, enabling you to drill holes in an existing surface - such as a concrete pad. Just let us know which you prefer.
•Can be shortened easily if needed - just cut the top off the tube with a bandsaw or plasma cutter. Your local metal shop or even garage can do it in minutes. Alternatively, place a special order with us.
•L-Bolts or straight bolts included.
•Usually in stock in standard length.
•A crisp, tough high quality powdercoated finish, with neat welds, which will last many, many years.
•The SkyShed/Altair pier is the worlds best selling pier design. Over 6 years in production, much imitated, never equalled.
The Altair TMS Ultra Light Guide Scope Rings are available in 120mm or 150mm sizes. They have a lightweight design unique to Altair Astro, which results in a far lighter guide scope ring, while still maintaining strength and rigidity.
The Altair TMS uses durable all stainless steel M8 threads - that means they will not corrode, unlike cheaper makes which use low grade blackened steel threads and screws, which eventually go brown with rust. The Altair Telescope Mounting System (TM) is more durable than any other product on the market we've seen.
This new Clear Silver colour goes well with any telescope, is arguably easier on the eye than black, and goes very nicely with our blue hardware range. Sure, telescopes are meant to be used in the dark - but there's no harm in your setup looking attractive too! A full Altair Telescope Mounting System is a thing to behold!
Check out this customer review of the earlier non-lightweight Altair TMS Guide Scope Rings (opens new window).
Direct bar or plate mounting: The Altair Guide Scope Rings are unique (at least at the time we write this) because they can be mounted on the top or bottom of Altair Losmandy-format or Vixen-format bars via two M6 bolts on each ring, to stop them twisting like other makes with single bolts. All Altair TMS Losmandy plates or Vixen bars have this two-hole pattern, and you can adjust the separation of the rings by choosing different holes along the length of the plate. GSR rings have flattened edges for good contact with the bar or plate they're fastened to and are far more rigid than any other guidescope rings we have seen to date.
Direct clamp mounting: GSR rings can also be mounted on Altair TMS Small Vixen Clamps or Losmandy Saddle Plates to slide back and forth to achieve the best balance. This is perfect for Altair Astro RCs and Meade and Celestron SCT telescopes with an inverted rail on top. (see picture below)
The GSR benefits from easy-grip hard anodised knobs, custom-machined for a positive grip (we tested several iterations). They are very easy to un-tighten and adjust, even with gloves on.
Each thread has a plastic end cap to give a more forgiving contact with your optical tube without causing movement. This is better than soft rubber end caps, which change compression with temperature and cause movement, often splitting after a year or so of use.
Altair TMS is made in the UK at our local machine shop on HAAS CNC milling machines, which means we have complete control over quality. Each part is hand polished before anodising to remove burs and give a smooth finish. The quality level and material means a slightly higher price than budget rings. Recommended for those who want the best.
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