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Hi Steve and guys,
I would not recommend these pads for imaging. They may help if you
are bumping the pier and scope with your visual observing. I have
not had any problems with stability with either the AP or the ATS
piers. I have been operating two setups with ATS and AP piers for 3
years in very windy conditions. Both setups work very well!
--- In ap-gto@..., "Steve Peters" <capitoladude@...>
I can tell. However, I'll try and anti-vibration pads to see ifthey
have any effect.a
heavy7"duty tripod (I use a modified Meade Giant Field tripod from the
themeade refractor with my AP900 GTO and 6" APO refractor with STLcamera)I suspect that you can eliminate the vibration by interrupting
Meadehard "connection" to the ground. Get a set of the Celestron,
oryourOrion vibration damping pads and put under the three tips of
atportable pier/tripod. They use a sandwich of hard plastic with
leastthe60% of what ever you saw before. I have experimented with thesepadsand they can make even a marginal tripod more than satisfactory.Justputting rubber or a piece of carpet between the ground and thevibration
sandrigid connection to the ground. You could fill the pier with
orwrote:similar material to dampen it. While it would seem that a heavymetaltube pier and the AP mount would be desireable...you may have
anyoneadjustout some backlash by tightening the gear mesh a bit. Has
elsefriendloosenessexperienced this and if so, is that how you solved it? Theseems to be mainly in dec and to a lesser extent in RA. My
whowhichalso has an AP900 says his is pretty impervious to light wind,isas I'd expect it to be.