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Telescope Pier Frequently Asked Questions Construction:

Q: What is the weight of Pier-Tech 1,2 and 3.
A: The weights are 50, 70, 70 pounds respectively.

Q: Can the piers top plate be machined to fit any type of mount or wedge?
A: Yes it can. The custom-machined top plate is included at no extra cost.

Q: What is the vertical travel of the Pier-Tech 2 or 3?
A: The vertical travel is 20 inches.

Q: What type of surfaces can the piers are mounted to?
A: Pier-Tech offers mounting hardware for mounting to any surface at no extra charge.

Q: Are the piers weatherproof? Do they need to be covered for protection from adverse weather?
A: Although the piers are constructed from Aluminum and Stainless Steel, they should be covered when not in use to maximize excellent surface finish duration.


Installation:

Q: How do you install the pier and polar align it?
A: Please refer to the installation page on this web-site.

Q: How do you level the pier?
A: The Pier-Tech 1,2 or 3 come with an anchor plate. Once the anchor plate is installed, the piers sub plate is leveled relative to the installed anchor plate by way of (4) 3/4-10 anchor studs that perturbed from the anchor plate.


Options and features:

Q: Does Pier-Tech offer special adapters for mounting equatorial mounts to the pier?
A: Yes we do. There is an extra cost; it is an average cost of $150.00 depending on the complexity of the adapter.

Q: Does Pier-Tech offer battery operated models for field use.
A: Yes we do, Pier-Tech3 is available with a rechargeable battery built into the control box. The control box can easily be removed for charging. The Pier-Tech2 can be operated from an external battery power pack.

Q: What if I decide to change telescope or mount/ wedge type? Can the top plate be modified?
A: The pier top plate can be easily removed and sent back to Pier-Tech for modification. There is a small charge for modifying the top plate.

Q: Is the Pier-Tech 2 or 3 available for 220 volt 50 Hertz operation?
A: Yes it is at no extra charge.

Q: Can the piers are used for fieldwork?
A: Yes. With the optional leg assembly. The leg assembly comes with 3 castors for mobility and 3 leveling feet for leveling the pier.

Q: Can the Pier-Tech2 is upgraded to Pier-Tech3.
A: No, but you can trade in the Pier-Tech2 for a Pier-Tech3.
 

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