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Anti-vibration piers and wedges
Research grade telescopes housed permanenelty in one of our observatory domes 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
Pulsar Observatories have many years experience designing and installing anti vibration steel piers. This knowledge has been used for our 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.
Add to cart £460.00
Pier adaptor plates for all mounts
To be ordered with a Rigel pier
Our pier adaptor plates are available for most commercially available telescope mounts. All plates are machined in solid aluminium and are supplied with a bolt fixing kit. Please specify your mount when placing your pier/adaptor plate order.
Add to cart £55.00
Pier fitting kit for all Rigel piers
Hardware kit for Rigel pier installation
The pier fitting kit contains the essential items needed to install all Rigel anti-vibration piers onto a concrete foundation.
The only additional item required is a dispenser gun for the resin. This can be obtained from most building trade suppliers or online suppliers such as ScrewFix).
4x 200mm steel studs with plain nuts and washers
1x 300ml resin anchor system
Add to cart £39.00
AC400 (aluminium) MegaWedge-Pro for LX200R, GPS etc
The ultimate "observatory standard" wedge for the LX200 GPS and Classic
The AC400 MegaWedge Pro is the world's finest wedge for the LX200 series telescopes and is ideally suited for the high-performance demands of the larger 12" and 14" models.
Astro Engineering's low-profile wedge design is tailored for use in Western Europe for latitudes bracketed between Finland and Gibraltar. Other designs (Meade, Mitty etc) are severely compromised by trying to accommodate the entire world on one design. This cost saving practise makes the wedge higher than necessary and reduces the engineering authority.
Constructed of high precision CNC machined 20mm thick aluminium plate the wedge is both extraordinarily rigid and lightweight. 10mm steel dowels have been used to strengthen all joints. The AC400 MegaWedge-Pro was designed specifically to provide not just the last word in rigidity but the ultimate in smooth and precise polar alignment adjustment - so vital for the largest Meade and Celestron SCTs when used for high performance imaging.
Astro Engineering comment: 'Our aim with the MegaWedge series was to address the particular mechanical deficiencies exposed in the Meade Ultrawedge and Superwedge products by today's 'power' users. By this we mean the user who is setting and demanding the very highest standards for equipment performance. The Meade products rely on high pressure castings and as such achieve a creditable performance at an very economic production cost. Our MegaWedge products employ relatively expensive (compared with casting) flat plate and CNC manufacturing technology but the final result achieves a standard of performance the cast products cannot hope to match'.
Ideal for use with all (especially the larger)Meade LX200R GPS and Classic telescopes. The wedge can be field tripod mounted. as well as mounted on our Pro, Standard, and DIY observatory piers.
Equipped with ultra smooth and precise slow-motion adjuster on both latitude and azimuth registers the MegaWedge-Pro is a delight to use and will provide the perfect foundation for advanced astro-imaging projects. The altitude tilt plate features a high precision ball and socket adjuster to make polar alignment adjustment easy - unlike competitor products the polar alignment remains perfect even when all fasteners are full tightened! Like the standard AC218 steel MegaWedge,the Pro is fast and easy to set-up in the field when using a tripod. Finished in black anodic dye and supplied with all fastenings and instructions. The MegaWedge-Pro is suitable for latitudes between 63 and 35 degrees. (All of the UK to roughly southern Finland and south as far as Gibraltar).
If you wish to use the AC400 Megawedge Pro with an observatory pier we recommend the AC421 Pier-Pro as it has a specially designed marry plate to exploit the high precision construction of the AC400. The AC421 marry plate is available seperatly for DIY construction purposes.