It is always interesting how different people
look at things... It makes the world an
I was sure that I wanted an ATS pier to
hold my new 1100GTO at the time I got it.
That was two years ago, and I have since
drilled auxiliary holes, added shelves, and
glued velcro to my stock AP pier.
In practice, for me, it is almost always
able to be leveled by selective tightening of
the guys, and in the context of how long it
takes me to setup, it doesn't really take much
more time than a folding pier would (a few
extra minutes out of an hour). It also breaks
down into a shorter and lighter package.
So for me, I am glad that I held off the
ATS purchase and settled for the one that I am
not afraid to kick around and punch extra
holes in! That doesn't mean that a shiny ATS
pier isn't a delight and may well be the right
answer for others!
I am new to the group and this is
my first post. I am also considering
purchasing an AP 1600 and this will be
my first AP product. I have heard a
lot of good things and am looking
forward to getting one myself. George
at Astrophysics was extremely helpful
in clarifying my questions regarding
the mount and the AP customer service
is the single biggest reason why I am
opting for AP over other mounts.
I do know that an ATS portable pier
would probably be the best portable
pier that I can get for the mount but
it is considerably more expensive than
the AP pier. I was wondering if I
could get some help comparing these
two options? My setup would spend a
lot of time in my backyard observatory
with occasional trips to a dark site
and long focal length astrophotography
is what the mount would primarily be
Does ATS offer any more stability
than AP pier does for the max load
capacity of the mount?
I understand that leveling the AP
pier can be a problem? Can this be
solved by providing some sort of a
base/platform or modification?
Concrete leveling blocks etc?
What about the ease of setup? How
difficult is it to transport and setup
an AP pier?
If AP solves the problem and
provides just as much stability, I
would rather go for it but at the same
time, I would hate to buy something
and then be left wanting more.
I will appreciate any help I can