Guidelines for Using 6" Trays and the Control Box Adapter

The possibilities offered by the new accessories now available for the 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6), the 6" Astro-Physics Portable Pier, the Adjustable Wood Tripod and the Adjustable Aluminum Tripod are many, so to better help you decide on arrangements that will be most suitable for your particular situation, we have prepared the following tables.

To aid in understanding the tables, please use the picture at right to identify the appropriate mounting holes for the Control Box Adapter. Since the two support bars only have one mounting hole apiece, we felt extremely confident that our customers would pick the correct mounting hole on those!

Check out our page with example photographs!

Please note the following:

Select the pier or tripod that you plan to use:

Adjustable Aluminum Tripod (SDS400)

In general, these accessories are attached to the adapter at the top of the tripod by replacing one of the pier knobs with a bolt that is provided with the accessory. Refer to the notes regarding 3-hole and 6-hole Tripod Adapters in the notes section above.

A few years ago, the casting at the top of the Aluminum Tripod changed from a round to a square shape.
Round top casting: The older tripods have a round top casting. These tripods can utilize all three mounting positions for accessories.
Square top casting: The current model of the Adjustable Aluminum Tripod has a square mounting platform on the top (an unfortunate design change by the maker of the tripod). This platform only allows a single accessory item to be attached. So, if you use a Control Box Adapter, you will not be able to use any trays. If your tripod has the newer six-hole tripod adapter (see ADATRI), and you position your mount with the pier knobs directly above the legs, you will be limited to just the Control Box Adapter when using a Mach1GTO. Owners of 400 and 600 mounts and new aluminum tripods with six-hole adapters cannot use accessories if they choose to position the tripod with one leg facing the pole.

  Single Level Support Bar (TRAYSB1) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Appropriate Fasteners Control Box Adapter (CBAPT)
see diagram
Appropriate Fasteners Bi-Level Support Bar (TRAYSB)

400,

600E

or

Mach1
GTO

* One, two or three Single-Level Support Bars and tray(s).

* Fasten on any side of the mount if your tripod has the round casting. However, at lower latitudes, the counterweight may interfere with the tray(s) on the north side - especially with 400 mounts.

1/4x1" FH

* Attach on south side of the mount so cables can be routed most effectively.

* If attaching between the legs, mount the adapter with the angled tab down by using the top hole (1) for a tight fit to the tripod (preferred method).

* The bracket can also be mounted from the angled tab (4) providing a better view of the control box. Using the angled tab does create more of an obstacle.

1/4x1" FH

N/A

 

Adjustable Wood Tripod (AWT000)

In general, these accessories are attached to the adapter at the top of the tripod by replacing one of the pier knobs with a bolt that is provided with the accessory. Refer to the notes regarding 3-hole and 6-hole Tripod Adapters in the notes section above. Tripods sold after May 2007 will be equipped with the newer style six-hole Tripod Adapter (ADATRI). Please refer to the notes at the top of this page.

  Single Level Support Bar (TRAYSB1) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Appropriate Fasteners Control Box Adapter (CBAPT)
see diagram
Appropriate Fasteners Bi-Level Support Bar (TRAYSB)

400,

600E

or

Mach1
GTO

* One, two or three Single-Level Support Bars and tray(s).

* Fasten on any side of the mount. (However, at lower latitudes, the counterweight may interfere with the tray(s) on the north side - especially with 400 mounts.)

* If the Control Box Adapter is also used, only one or two support bars with trays can be attached.

1/4x1" FH

* Attach on south side of the mount so cables can be routed most effectively.

* Attach the adapter using the angled tab (4) so that the bracket clears the legs (preferred). This method will work regardless of the tripod's leg orientation.

* The bracket can also be mounted from the top hole (1) when the pier knobs are positioned between the legs although it will bind slightly against the leg hardware. This position provides the smallest profile. Hole (1) cannot be used if your mount is positioned with the pier knobs directly above the legs.

1/4x1" FH

N/A

6" x 24" Portable Pier (6X24PP)

  Single Level Support Bar (TRAYSB1) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Bi-Level Support Bar (TRAYSB) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Appropriate Fasteners Control Box Adapter (CBAPT)
see diagram
Appropriate Fasteners
400 In the current configuration, the Accessory Trays and Control Box Adapter cannot be used with the 6" x 24" Portable Pier.
600E
Mach1 GTO

6" x 42" Portable Pier (6X42PP)

For the A-P Portable Pier, the accessories generally attach at the top of the pier. In some situations, it will be necessary to substitute one of the pier knobs with a bolt that is provided with the accessory.

  Single Level Support Bar (TRAYSB1) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Bi-Level Support Bar (TRAYSB) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Appropriate Fasteners Control Box Adapter (CBAPT)
see diagram
Appropriate Fasteners

400,

600E

or

Mach1
GTO

In the current configuration, the Accessory Trays cannot be used with the 6" x 42" Portable Pier. Owners or purchasers of the 6" x 42" Portable Pier can, however, modify their pier to accept support bars and trays by drilling holes a minimum of 8.5" down from the top of the pier so the tray will clear the struts. With this modification it is possible to attach up to 3 support bars (either style) and up to 6 Accessory Trays. Support Bars would be fastened using nuts and washers on the inside of the pier, and the Support Bars would probably be best left in place for transport.

* Attach on south side of the mount so cables can be routed most effectively.

* Attach the adapter using the angled tab (4) so that the bracket clears the eyebolt below it.

Knob

or

1/4x3/4" FH

 

6" x 32", 48", 54" or 62" Portable Pier (6X32PP), (6X48PP), (6X54PP), (6X62PP)

For the A-P Portable Pier, the accessories generally attach at the top of the pier. In some situations, it will be necessary to substitute one of the pier knobs with a bolt that is provided with the accessory.

  Single Level Support Bar (TRAYSB1) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Bi-Level Support Bar (TRAYSB) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Appropriate Fasteners Control Box Adapter (CBAPT)
see diagram
Appropriate Fasteners

400,

600E

or

Mach1
GTO

* Will work with all of the above size Portable Piers.

* One, two or three Single-Level Support Bars with tray(s).

* Fasten on any side of the mount. (However, at lower latitudes, the counterweight may interfere with the tray(s) on the north side - especially with 400 mounts. An additional tray can be added on the north side at the bottom of a Bi-Level Support Bar - see next column over.)

* If the Control Box Adapter is also used, only one or two support bars with trays will fit.

* Will work with all of the above size Portable Piers.

* One, two or three Bi-Level Support Bars, each with either style of accessory tray

* Fasten on any side of the mount. At lower latitudes, only the lower position may be usable on the north side of the mount.

* If the Control Box Adapter is also used, then just two of the Bi-Level Support Bars can be attached.

Knob

or

1/4x3/4" FH

* Attach on south side of the mount so cables can be routed most effectively.

* Mount the adapter with the angled tab down by using the top hole (1) for a tight fit to the tripod (preferred method).

* The bracket can also be mounted from the angled tab (4) providing a better view of the control box. That configuration, however, does create more of an obstacle.

1/4x3/4" FH

or

Knob if using angled tab (4)

6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6)

The 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6) will be treated a bit differently than the tripods or Portable Piers outlined above. They all had basically one attachment point for accessories - the top where the mount is also attached. Because of its adjustable nature, the 6" Eagle has a variety of potential mounting points. See the page of examples! We have no doubt that our clever customers will find more ways to use these accessories than we could possibly outline here! To avoid confusion, please review the following information:

Table Notes:

Click the thumbnails below to see examples at each setting, or click here to see the whole page of examples!

  Single Level Support Bar (TRAYSB1) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Bi-Level Support Bar (TRAYSB) and Tray (TRAY06) or (TRAY06H) Appropriate Fasteners   Control Box Adapter (CBAPT)
see diagram
Appropriate Fasteners

Lowest
24"-28"


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Top - no
TR (H1) - no
H2 b
H3 - no
BR (H4) - OK
H5 - OK c
H6 - OK c
Not Applicable
Top N/A
TR (H1) N/A
H2 5/16x3/4" BH
H3 N/A
BR (H4) 5/16x1" BH
H5 5/16x3/4" BH
H6 5/16x3/4" BH
 
Top - no
TR (H1) - use tab (4)
H2-center(2) with tab down or tab (4)
H3 - use (1) with tab up
BR (H4) - use tab (4) a
H5-center(2) with tab down or tab(4)a
H6 - use (1) with tab up a c
N/A
5/16x1" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x1" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x3/4" BH

Middle
28"-32"

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Top - OK

H1 - OK
TR (H2) - no
H3 - no
H4 - OK
BR (H5) - OK
H6 - OK c
Not Applicable
Top 1/4x1" FH
H1 5/16x3/4" BH
TR (H2) N/A
H3 N/A
H4 5/16x3/4" BH
BR (H5) 5/16x1" BH
H6 5/16x3/4" BH
 
Top - tab (4)
H1 - tab (4)
TR (H2) - tab (4)
H3 - tab (4) a
H4 - tab (4) a
BR (H5) - tab (4) a
H6 - center (2) with tab down a c
1/4x1" FH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x1" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x1" BH
5/16x3/4" BH

Highest
32"-36"

click

Top - OK
H1 - OK
H2 - OK
TR (H3) - OK
H4 - no
H5 - OK
BR (H6) - OK
Top - OK
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Top 1/4x1" FH
H1
5/16x3/4" BH
H2
5/16x3/4" BH
TR (H3)
5/16x1" BH
H4
N/A
H5
5/16x3/4" BH
BR (H6)
5/16x1" BH
 
Top - hole (1) / tab down or tab (4)
H1 - hole (1) or tab (4)
H2-center(2)-tab down or tab(4)
TR (H3) - tab (4) a
H4 - tab (4) a
H5-center(2)-tab down or tab(4)a
BR(H6)-tab(4)a c
1/4x1" FH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x1" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x3/4" BH
5/16x1" BH
8" Extension (EAGLE6E8)

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* One, two or three Single Level Support Bars, each with either style of accessory tray.

* Fasten on any side of the mount. (However, at lower latitudes, the counterweight may interfere with the tray(s) on the north side - especially with 400 mounts.)

* Additional trays and support bars can always be added below the extension using the guidelines above.

* One, two or three Bi-Level Support Bars, each with one or two of either style of accessory tray.

* Replace knob joining pier top to 8" Extension with 1/4x5/8" BHW to keep knob from interfering with bottom of support bar.

* Fasten on any side of the mount. (However, at lower latitudes, the counterweight may interfere with the top tray(s) on the north side - especially with 400 mounts.) The bottom tray will be fine.

1/4x1" FH

(Replace pier knob(s) on bottom of extension with 1/4x5/8" BHW if using Bi-Level Support Bar)

* Attach on south side of the mount so cables can be routed most effectively.

* Mount the adapter with the angled tab down by using the top hole (1) for a tight fit to the 8" Extension (preferred method).

* The bracket can also be mounted from the angled tab (4) providing a better view of the control box. That configuration, however, does create more of an obstacle.

* Lower attachment points can still be used following the guidelines above. See the note (a) below.

1/4x1" FH
a The Mach1GTO will require a 24" Servo Cable Extension (CABGTO24) to use these lower positions for mounting the Control Box Adapter.
b In-travel of legs for leveling will be slightly restricted.
c Accessory may pose a kicking hazard in such a low position

 

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