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Tri-Pier 2 in fully raised position with Paramount ME at its "home"
position. The raising of the pier allows me to clear the roofline


Tri-Pier 2 mounted on a wooden pedestal atop a reinforced wood floor. The legs have been re-used in my setup to add stability and distribute the weight -- this seems to be helpful when the pier is fully raised. The pier is supporting a Paramount ME plus two imaging trains. The first train is C11 + Optec TCF-S focuser + OAG with SBIG Remote Guide Head + SBIG ST-2000XM with CFW-10 filter wheel. The second train is a Takahashi FSQ-106EDX + FLI PDF focuser + STL-CFW8 + STL-11000M. The total weight including the mount is around 280 lbs.


Tri-Pier 2 in fully raised position with Paramount ME in its parked position.


The Pier-Tech AOCS which remotely opens/closes the Rollamatic skylight, raises/lowers the pier and responds to the Boltwood Cloud Sensor. The additional circuitry in the top left and top right is to interface the AOCS to the Rollamatic system


Limit switches from AOCS. The one in the middle of the opening indicates when the roof is closed and the one at the end, when it is open.

 

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