Because I am about to start making parts for the Equatorial Mounting of my 17″ CDK project and because my observatory isn’t remotely close to being even started I needed some kind of support on which I will be able to work on.
As most of you will notice, I was largely inspired by some of the PierTech products. I designed a simple pier out of T-Framing aluminum. I used 9 2ft long double 45 mm profiles (6 for the pier and 3 for the legs). I machined two plates out of thick 6061 Aluminum and 3 blocks that will be used for the actual feet.
I also used 3 90-degree brackets to reinforce the legs.
They do not appear on the pictures (yet) but I will have 3 heavy duty rollers under each leg to make the whole thing mobile.
Once in position, the feet are dropped with a large threaded knob.
This is a pretty succinct presentation but it does cover all of the aspects of this simple design. Again, this is only for assembly and a few months of testing/tweaking from my condo in sunny-white-zone-Los-Angeles. =)