Tripods, Piers and Pier Accessories

Berlebach Planet Tripod with Tripod Adapter for Mach1GTO, 400 and 600E (AWTBER)

This superb hardwood tripod surpasses any portable tripod that we have seen anywhere. The locking clamps for attaching the legs to the tripod top provide rigidity and virtually eliminate side to side movement. Note also the strong metal supports under the tray that secure the legs.

Its adjustible legs utilize a number scale to assist with leveling and we have added a fender washer to the metal tips that increase stability when pushed into the ground. A service tray that is standard with the tripod is very functional in its size and has side walls that prevent objects from rolling off and being lost in the dark.

We have already installed our Tripod Adapter (ADATRI) for mounting a 400, 600E or Mach1GTO on this rock-solid beauty. The adapter now has six side bolt-through slots so that all three mounts can be oriented with one of the tripod legs facing the pole. Our Adapter to Accept a Losmandy Mount (LM2APT) can be used with the ADATRI, further expanding versatility.

Height adjustable: 35.5" to 54.5" (90 cm to 138 cm)
Capacity: 175+ lbs (80+ kg)
Minimum length: 38.25" (97 cm)
Transport diameter: 9.5" (24 cm)
Weight: 24.2 lb. (11 kg)
Tray: 16" (40.6 cm) each side

The 8" Extension (EAGLE6E8) for our 6" Eagle pier can also be bolted into the Tripod Adapter (ADATRI) and used as a convenient way to increase the height of your tripod. When using the extension, the Control Box Adapter (CBAPT), Bi-Level Accessory Tray Support Bars (TRAYSB) and Single-Level Accessory Tray Support Bars (TRAYSB1) can be attached to the extension.

AWTBER$990.00 in stockAdd AWTBER To My Cart

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Berlebach Tripod Case for Planet Tripod (AWTBER-CASE)

Protect your investment with this fitted case for your Berlebach Planet Tripod. It is conveniently styled with handles and a shoulder strap for effortless transport. This is not a padded case, but it is made of a durable cotton fabric that will protect your tripod and keep it clean. The dimension is approximately 39.25" x 10.25".


AWTBER-CASE$90.00 in stockAdd AWTBER-CASE To My Cart

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Rubber Feet for Berlebach Planet Tripod (AWTBER-RFEET)

This set of optional Rubber Feet offers an excellent alternative when setting up on hard surfaces, such as concrete pads or paving stones. They are threaded to easily and quickly switch with the tripod's standard ground spikes.


AWTBER-RFEET$60.00 in stockAdd AWTBER-RFEET To My Cart

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Adapter for attaching Mach1GTO, 400 and 600E Mounts to the Berlebach Tripod
or to the flat surface of a custom pier (ADATRI) - Now with 6 side bolt-through slots!

Click to View PDF showing Adapter Specifications

This adapter is necessary to attach an Astro-Physics 400, 600E or Mach1GTO mount to a tripod or pier that has a flat surface. The Berlebach tripod above comes with this adapter when ordered from us, but if you built your own tripod or pier, you will probably need this adapter. Please also note that the Astro-Physics 6" Portable Piers and 6" Eagle Pier do not need this adapter.

Click on the thumbnail at bottom left to see a PDF showing the dimensions of the adapter for those of you building your own pier. We modified the adapter to have 6 side bolt-through slots so that all three mounts can be oriented with one of the tripod legs facing the pole. The 6 slots are spaced every 60 degrees and provide increased azimuth adjustability.

The Tripod Adapter is made of black-anodized aluminum and is precision machined to help guarantee a rock solid platform for your observing and imaging needs. The Tripod adapter bolts onto the top plate of the tripod or the top of your home-made pier through the adapter's 3 bottom bolt-through holes. Your mount sits down inside the adapter and is fastened to it through 3 of the 6 side bolt-through slots using the 3 knobs that came with the mount.

The 8" extension for our 6" Eagle pier (EAGLE6E8) can also be attached to this adapter and used as a convenient way to increase the height of your setup.

ADATRI - Tripod Adapter will work with all 400, 600E and Mach1GTO mounts. It can also be used in many instances with the Control Box Adapter (CBAPT) and Single-Level Accessory Tray Support Bars (TRAYSB1). Additionally, it can be used with our (LM2APT) Adapter to mount a Losmandy G11 to a flat surface or tripod.

ADATRI$66.00 in stockAdd ADATRI To My Cart

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Astro-Physics Portable Piers

  • Unique tension design combines rugged construction with light weight, while reducing flexure and annoying vibrations.
  • Legs and tension rods attach without hardware, allowing field assembly in minutes.
  • Stainless steel turnbuckles allow you to make fine adjustments for polar alignment or minor leveling.
  • The center posts are constructed of aluminum tubing, the base construction is thick-wall aluminum and the legs are steel
    for strength.
  • Aluminum and steel parts are powder
    coated in a black wrinkle finish.
  • Astro-Physics 6", 8" and 10" Pier Accessory Trays (TRAY06, TRAY08 and TRAY10) Eyepiece Accessory Trays (TRAY06H, TRAY08H and TRAY10H) and tray support bars (TRAYSB and TRAYSB1) keep your accessories close at hand.
  • 42" piers have 3 additional holes 8.5" from top for tray attachment (compensates for turnbuckle placement)
  • Piers may contain minor cosmetic flaws, i.e. slight indentations or irregular paint pattern.

Advantages of Astro-Physics Piers

  • Lightweight, breaks down into easily manageable pieces for easy transport & lifting.
  • Very sturdy pier for its mass.
  • Piers typically in stock for immediate shipment.
  • 62" height available as standard item.
  • Readily available in 6" diameter size.
  • Less expensive.
  • Can purchase another pier post with a different height as separate item to use with different telescope.
  • Longest component is pier post which is 8" shorter than assembled height, easy to fit into your car.
  • 6" Pier can be used for Losmandy G11 mount with our LM2APT Adapter.
  • The 8" extension for our 6" Eagle pier (EAGLE6E8) can also be attached to our 6" diameter piers and used as a convenient way to increase the height of your setup.

Pier for 400, 600E and Mach1GTO Mounts
  6X24PP 6X32PP 6X42PP 6X48PP 6X54PP 6X62PP
height of pier 24" 32" 42" 48" 54" 62"
diameter of post 6" 6" 6" 6" 6" 6"
wall thickness of post 0.083" 0.083" 0.083" 0.083" 0.083" 0.083"
length of legs 25" 25" 25" 25" 25" 25"
weight of pier post 4 lbs 5 lbs 6 lbs 7 lbs 8 lbs 9 lbs
weight of pier base 6 lbs 6 lbs 6 lbs 6 lbs 6 lbs 6 lbs
weight of 3 legs 15 lbs 15 lbs 15 lbs 15 lbs 15 lbs 15 lbs
weight of 3 struts 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs
total weight assembled 30 lbs 31 lbs 32 lbs 33 lbs 34 lbs 35 lbs

6X24PP$770.00 in stockAdd 6X24PP To My Cart
6X32PP$790.00 in stockAdd 6X32PP To My Cart
6X42PP$810.00 in stockAdd 6X42PP To My Cart
6X48PP$830.00 in stockAdd 6X48PP To My Cart
6X54PP$870.00 in stockAdd 6X54PP To My Cart
6X62PP$910.00 Call Contact Astro-Physics about 6X62PP

Pier for 800, 900 and 1100 Mounts (800 mount will not fit in 24" Pier.)

  8X24PP 8X32PP 8X42PP 8X48PP 8X54PP 8X62PP
height of pier 24" 32" 42" 48" 54" 62"
diameter of post 8" 8" 8" 8" 8" 8"
wall thickness of post 0.125" 0.125" 0.125" 0.125" 0.125" 0.125"
length of legs 25" 25" 25" 25" 25" 25"
weight of pier post 6 lbs 8 lbs 11 lbs 14 lbs 16 lbs 18 lbs
weight of pier base 11 lbs 11 lbs 11 lbs 11 lbs 11 lbs 11 lbs
weight of 3 legs 20 lbs 20 lbs 20 lbs 20 lbs 20 lbs 20 lbs
weight of 3 struts 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs 5 lbs
total weight assembled 42 lbs 44 lbs 47 lbs 50 lbs 52 lbs 54 lbs

8X24PP$910.00 in stockAdd 8X24PP To My Cart
8X32PP$930.00 in stockAdd 8X32PP To My Cart
8X42PP$950.00 in stockAdd 8X42PP To My Cart
8X48PP$980.00 in stockAdd 8X48PP To My Cart
8X54PP$1,020.00 Call Contact Astro-Physics about 8X54PP
8X62PP$1,050.00 in stockAdd 8X62PP To My Cart

Pier for 1200 and 1600 Mounts

 

10X24P

10X32P

10X42P

10X48P

10X54P

10X62P

height of pier

24"

32"

42"

48"

54"

62"

diameter of post

10"

10"

10"

10"

10"

10"

wall thickness of post

0.094"

0.094"

0.094"

0.094"

0.094"

0.094"

length of legs

25"

25"

25"

25"

25"

25"

weight of pier post

8 lbs

10 lbs

13 lbs

15 lbs

17 lbs

19 lbs

weight of pier base

18 lbs

18 lbs

18 lbs

18 lbs

18 lbs

18 lbs

weight of 3 legs

20 lbs

20 lbs

20 lbs

20 lbs

20 lbs

20 lbs

weight of 3 struts

5 lbs

5 lbs

5 lbs

5 lbs

5 lbs

5 lbs

total weight assembled

51 lbs

53 lbs

56 lbs

58 lbs

60 lbs

62 lbs

10X24P$1,110.00 in stockAdd 10X24P To My Cart
10X32P$1,130.00 in stockAdd 10X32P To My Cart
10X42P$1,170.00 in stockAdd 10X42P To My Cart
10X48P$1,210.00 in stockAdd 10X48P To My Cart
10X54P$1,250.00 in stockAdd 10X54P To My Cart
10X62P$1,310.00 Call Contact Astro-Physics about 10X62P

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6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6)

Astro-Physics 6

The 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6) is a beautifully machined work of art. It was designed with the traveling imager in mind and is the perfect companion to the Mach1GTO. The 6" Eagle will, of course, also support the 400, 600 and 600E mounts in grand style. The pier is adjustable from 24" to 44" in height (with the optional 8" Extension (EAGLE6E8)) and allows leveling the mount over a grade of about 6 1/2 degrees. It folds into a package 32" long and 12" in diameter for easy transport.

Just click on the image at left or one of the links above or below to go to the 6" Eagle's informative page. Online orders can also be placed from the 6" Eagle's page.

The 6" Eagle can be beautifully outfitted with our Control Box Adapter (CBAPT) and our Support Bars and Accessory Trays. This beautiful pier can also be used with a Losmandy G11 mount with our LM2APT Adapter.

Click Image for Additional Info Click to see your DREAM SETUP!

6" Eagle Page
8" Extension for 6" Eagle
Soft-Sided Carrying Case for 6" Eagle
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Advanced Telescope Systems (ATS) Portable Piers


  • All pier tubes, legs and connecting parts are constructed of 6061 aluminum. All bolts and screw assemblies are stainless steel.
  • Aluminum parts are powder coated with your choice of graphite gray, glossy black, or cream white to match the mount. For added weather protection, a clear coating is available for an additional charge.
  • Legs fold against the pier tube to allow for easy transportation and storage. No parts to lose and no tools required.
  • Turnbuckle adjusters between the pier base and legs provide for precise leveling adjustments on uneven terrain.
  • Foot pads are available in aluminum or hard rubber per customer request. Aluminum pads are powder coated the color choice of the pier. Foot pads are interchangeable using 3/8"-16 tpi bolt at base of each leg and can be ordered as an interchangeable set for an additional charge. These are not listed on the pricelist. Please discuss this when you place your order.
  • Pier tube assemblies are secured on both ends with aluminum plates to eliminate vibration effects The primary leg attachments blocks are welded firmly to the pier tube for improved stability.
  • All piers come standard with a balanced carrying handle to facilitate transporting the assembly.
  • Both the Astro-Physics standard (SPA) and rotating (RPA) pier adapter plates can be used on their respective 8" and 10" piers after a slight modification to the adapter that is done by ATS at the time that your order is assembled. Modification fees apply.
  • The 3600 mount can be used with the 12" ATS pier by means of the ATS 12" Pier Flat Plate (ATS12PFP) and our 3600 Flat Surface Adapter (3600FSA). Please review important details below.
  • Astro-Physics 8" and 10" Pier Accessory Trays (TRAY08 and TRAY10), Eyepiece Accessory Trays (TRAY08H and TRAY10H) and support bars (TRAYSB and TRAYSB1) keep your accessories close at hand.
  • Piers may contain minor cosmetic flaws, i.e. slight indentations or irregular paint pattern.
Advantages of ATS Piers
  • Single-piece construction - can't forget or misplace any parts.
  • Very solid, sturdy design.
  • Levelers allow adjustment on uneven terrain and slight adjustment of height.
  • Cream white color available to match the mount
  • Optional bubble level can be installed, must be requested when order is initiated.

8" Pier for 900 and 1100 Mounts
height of pier 30" 36" 42" 48" 54" 60"
diameter of post 8" 8" 8" 8" 8" 8"
wall thickness of post 0.125" 0.125" 0.125" 0.125" 0.125" 0.125"
foot radius 21" 22" 24" 25" 26" 27"
folded height 36" 42" 48" 54" 60" 66"
total weight assembled 26 lbs 30 lbs 34 lbs 38 lbs 42 lbs
46 lbs

1100GTO Mounts
You will need to order the Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate for 1100GTO (119FSA-FP) made by Astro-Physics. The bottom portion of this part is made to fit directly into the ATS piers (1/8" wall thickness) without modification as per specifications provided by ATS. If you choose the 8" pier with 1/4" wall thickness, then the ATS modification price applies. Regardless of the wall thickness, the 119FSA-FP is sent to ATS to confirm fitting and will ship to you with the pier.

900 Mounts - all versions
The Pier Adapter for the 900GTO mount (part # 900RPA or 900SPA) must be modified to fit into the ATS pier. There are additional charges by ATS for this modification. If you order the ATS pier prior to completion of your mount, we will ship the mount base plate/pier adapter to ATS. If you already own the mount, you can send your original mount base plate (pier adapter) directly to ATS or purchase an extra one from us.

Note: A plate that has been modified for the ATS pier may not be used with an Astro-Physics pier due to the ATS modification. Refer to the price list for information.

ATS8X30$2,095.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS8X30 To My Cart
ATS8X36$2,195.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS8X36 To My Cart
ATS8X42$2,295.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS8X42 To My Cart
ATS8X48$2,395.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS8X48 To My Cart
ATS8X54$2,495.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS8X54 To My Cart

Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate for 1100GTO and all 900 Mounts (119FSA-FP)
119FSA-FP$265.00 MarchAdd 119FSA-FP To My Cart

ATS modification of 900 Rotating Pier Adapter (900RPA)
ATSMODR$50.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATSMODR To My Cart

ATS modification of 900 Standard Pier Adapter (900SPA)
ATSMODS$50.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATSMODS To My Cart



10" Pier for 1200 and 1600 Mounts
height of pier 30" 36" 42" 48" 54" 60"
diameter of post 10" 10" 10" 10" 10" 10"
wall thickness of post 0.250" 0.250" 0.250" 0.250" 0.250" 0.250"
foot radius 21" 23" 26" 27" 28" 29"
folded height 39" 42" 48" 54" 60" 66"
total weight assembled 34 lbs 38 lbs 42 lbs 46 lbs 50 lbs
54 lbs

1600GTO Mounts
You will need to order the Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate for 1600GTO (1612FSA-FP) made by Astro-Physics. The bottom portion of this part is made to fit directly into the ATS piers without modification as per specifications provided by ATS. The 1612FSA-FP is sent to ATS to confirm fitting and will ship to you with the pier.

1200 Mounts - all versions
The O.D. of the 1200 Rotating and Standard Pier Adapters are too large to fit directly into the ATS piers. There are two solutions that will enable them to fit.

  • You can send your original Rotating Pier Adapter 1200RPA or Standard Pier Adapter 1200SPA to ATS to be machined to fit the ATS pier. If you order a new pier adapter, we will ship the 1200RAP or 1200SPA directly to ATS so that it can be fit to your pier. There are additional charges by ATS for this modification. Note: A plate that has been modified for the ATS pier may not be used with an Astro-Physics pier due to the ATS modification. It will be too loose.

  • Purchase the Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate for 1600GTO and all 1200 Mounts (part # 1612FSA-FP) made by Astro-Physics. The bottom portion of this part is made to fit directly into the ATS piers without modification as per specifications provided by ATS. This option will preserve the original O.D. of the Rotating or Standard Pier Adapters since they will not need to be modified..
ATS10X30$2,295.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS10X30 To My Cart
ATS10X36$2,395.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS10X36 To My Cart
ATS10X42$2,495.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS10X42 To My Cart
ATS10X48$2,595.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS10X48 To My Cart
ATS10X54$2,695.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS10X54 To My Cart

Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate for 1600GTO and all 1200 Mounts (1612FSA-FP)
1612FSA-FP$350.00 in stockAdd 1612FSA-FP To My Cart

ATS modification of 1200 Rotating Pier Adapter (1200RPA)
ATSMODR$50.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATSMODR To My Cart

ATS modification of 1200 Standard Pier Adapter (1200SPA)
ATSMODS$50.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATSMODS To My Cart



Pier for 3600 Mounts
height of pier 30" 36" 42" 48"
diameter of post 12" 12" 12" 12"
wall thickness of post 0.250" 0.250" 0.250" 0.250"
foot radius N/A N/A N/A N/A
folded height 38" N/A N/A N/A
total weight assembled 48 lbs N/A N/A N/A
N/A - Information not available

Using the ATS 12" pier with the 3600GTO "El Capitan" mount requires the purchase and installation of ATS Pier Flat Plate (ATS12PFP) and our 3600 Flat Surface Adapter (3600FSA). The ATS Pier Flat Plate is a flat surface for the 12" pier made by ATS with the custom bolt hole pattern for the 3600FSA. When you order a pier for this mount, you must also order both of these parts. We will ship the 3600FSA directly to ATS, where it will be bolted to the ATS adapter and installed on your pier.

ATS12X30$2,495.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS12X30 To My Cart
ATS12X36$2,595.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS12X36 To My Cart
ATS12X42$2,695.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS12X42 To My Cart
ATS12X48$2,795.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS12X48 To My Cart

ATS 12" Pier Flat Plate
ATS12PFP$300.00 est. 3-4 months, special orderAdd ATS12PFP To My Cart

Flat Surface Adapter for the 3600GTO
3600FSA$325.00 in stockAdd 3600FSA To My Cart

ATS Permanent Piers

ATS also makes permanent piers for installation in your observatory. Astro-Physics does not sell the permanent piers, but if you are considering an observatory setup, you might consider these excellent piers as one of your options. Please visit the ATS website for details.

Order Terms and Information

The estimated delivery date will be provided after the order is placed. Please refer to the price list for the current estimate. ATS piers and Astro-Physics mounts will be delivered as they are completed. We cannot coordinate the shipment of the mount and pier together. As a result, you may receive your mount without the pier or the pier prior to your mount. Delivery times can vary by several months.

A 50% deposit is required for all orders. The piers are manufactured after they are ordered and the order can only be cancelled or changed at the discretion of ATS.

Please note that once the pier adapter plate or flat surface adapter is shipped to ATS for modification, it is yours. If your order is cancelled at any time, the price of the adapter and any cancellation costs incurred from ATS will be deducted from your deposit and the balance will be refunded.

For all orders shipped to addresses in the U.S., ATS piers will be drop shipped directly via UPS ground or Federal Express to the customer from AZ. The shipping and handling charges will be billed to the customer by Astro-Physics.

Customers from Arizona must order directly from ATS due to sales tax requirements. International orders for these products will not be accepted by Astro-Physics. Please contact ATS directly.

ATS offers a three year limited warranty for their piers.

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Astro-Physics Accessory Tray System

 

Beautiful, functional and rugged, the various components of the Astro-Physics Pier Accessory
Tray System will enhance your observing or imaging experience by securely keeping the things
you need close at hand. We now have components to fit our 6", 8" and 10" piers. Our 8" and 10"
trays will fit on ATS piers as well as on our sturdy Portable Piers. In 2007, we also
introduced components for the 6" Portable Pier, the 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier and our
two tripods: the Adjustable Wood Tripod (AWT000) and Adjustable Aluminum Tripod (SDS400). Since
not every 6" accessory component will fit in every height configuration, we have prepared the following
6" Accessory Guideline Tables for your convenience.

Bi-Level Support Bar for Pier Accessory Trays (TRAYSB) - for all piers

The support bar attaches to the holes at the top of the pier post and can hold 2 trays, one above the other. It measures 8" long and 1.75" wide. Please note that this version of the support bar began to ship in January 2007. We shortened up the length by 0.25" and changed the position of the tray insert slots so that it can be used in more configurations, especially with the 6" Eagle Pier. All pier trays that we make currently and those we made in the past can be used with this support bar. However, if you have one of the original support bars and purchase one of these newer ones to use on the same pier, you will see that the trays used with this newer support bar will sit a bit higher than those on the previous support bar. For most purposes, this does not affect the function of the trays.

This support bar can be used with 32", newer 42", 48", 54" and 62" Astro-Physics Portable Piers. The struts interfere with its use on 24" and older 42" piers. The newer 42" models have added holes below the eyebolts for attachment of the support bar. Owners of the older 42" piers can modify their older piers to accept the TRAYSB as well. It will also work with the 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier in some, but not all, of its height configurations. See our 6" Accessory Guideline Tables for more information.

TRAYSB$48.00 in stockAdd TRAYSB To My Cart

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"Shorty" Single-Level Support Bar for Pier Accessory Trays (TRAYSB1) - for all piers and tripods

This shorter, single-level support bar attaches to the holes at the top of the pier post or in a number of locations on the 6" Eagle Pier and can hold 1 tray. Although it was designed with the 6" Eagle in mind, it will also work with 8" and 10" piers as well as with the Adjustable Aluminum Tripod (SDS400) and the Adjustable Wood Tripod (AWT000) by attachment to the Tripod Adapter (ADATRI). See our 6" Accessory Guideline Tables for more information.

Like its longer cousin above, three brackets can be installed around the post to allow a tray circle, but with a single tier of trays. It measures 3.375 " long and 1.75" wide. All pier trays that we make currently and those we made in the past can be used with this support bar.


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TRAYSB1$42.00 in stockAdd TRAYSB1 To My Cart

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Control Box Adapter for Piers and Tripods (CBAPT)

Since the advent of Astro-Physics GOTO mountings, owners of the 400GTO, 600EGTO and Mach1GTO have hung their GTOCPx control boxes in a special pouch, usually from one of the pier knobs. The 900GTO and 1200GTO were big enough to have the control box permanently mounted on the RA axis, but these smaller mounts didn't have that luxury. Now, owners of these mounts who have either a GTOCP2 or 3 control box have another option: The Control Box Adapter for Piers and Tripods. (sorry if you have a GTOCP1!) This Control Box Adapter is included with all new Mach1GTO mounts shipped after April 15, 2007.

The Control Box Adapter features thumb screws on one end and a dovetail on the other to fit the dovetail grooves on your control box. The adapter can be mounted from four different attachment points including the top one which angles the control box out a bit to clear legs or struts. The adapter also can be mounted with either end up or down if a particular orientation works better for your situation. A full assortment of fasteners is provided for the various mounting applications. See our 6" Accessory Guideline Tables for more information.

CBAPT on 6" Eagle with GTOCP3 attached

CBAPT$70.00 in stockAdd CBAPT To My Cart

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Accessory Tray for 6 " Diameter Piers including the 6" Eagle (TRAY06)

These handy trays will keep accessories close at hand during your observing sessions. The trays' raised sides will keep small round objects from falling off and getting lost in the dark grass. In addition to serving as a storage shelf, the top tray will protect items below it from dew. Each tray spans 1/3 of your 6" pier, so you can construct a complete circular tray around the pier post with just three trays and three support bars. For added versatility, you can mix these solid trays with the Eyepiece Accessory Trays (TRAY06H) shown below. See our 6" Accessory Guideline Tables and our examples page for the ultimate system.

These trays cannot be used with 24" Astro-Physics piers or with un-modified 42" piers (there is not enough clearance with the support struts). In order to use these trays with 42" piers, there must be 3 holes drilled around the circumference about 8.5" from the top of the pier post. The support bars will be mounted with bolts through these holes and nuts inside the pier post. If you have a 42" pier, you will need to make this modification.


TRAY06$80.00 in stockAdd TRAY06 To My Cart

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Eyepiece Accessory Tray for 6 " Diameter Piers (TRAY06H)

These beautifully finished trays will keep eyepieces close at hand during your observing sessions. Each tray has machined holes to accept two 2" and three 1.25" oculars. Using a regular accessory tray above the eyepiece tray will protect eyepieces in the bottom tray from dew, although there may be clearance issues with larger 2" eyepieces. Each tray spans 1/3 of the 6" pier, so you can construct a complete circular tray around the pier post with just three trays and three support bars. Eyepiece trays and regular flat bottom accessory trays can be mixed in any combination. See our 6" Accessory Guideline Tables and our examples page for the ultimate system.

These trays cannot be used with 24" Astro-Physics piers or with un-modified 42" piers (there is not enough clearance with the support struts). In order to use these trays with 42" piers, there must be 3 holes drilled around the circumference about 8.5" from the top of the pier post. The support bars will be mounted with bolts through these holes and nuts inside the pier post. If you have a 42" pier, you will need to make this modification.


TRAY06H$93.00 in stockAdd TRAY06H To My Cart

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Accessory Tray for 8" Diameter Piers (TRAY08)

These handy trays will keep accessories close at hand during your observing sessions. The trays' raised sides will keep small round objects from falling off and getting lost in the dark grass. In addition to serving as a storage shelf, the top tray will protect items in the bottom tray from dew. Each tray spans 1/3 of your 8" pier, so you can construct a complete circular tray around the pier post with just three trays and three support bars. For the ultimate system, we suggest six trays and three support bars, two complete levels around the post. For added versatility, you can mix these solid trays with the Eyepiece Accessory Trays (TRAY08H) shown below.

Although you can use this tray for the 6" pier, it will not fit flush against the post. This does not affect its function, but you are limited to one support bar and two trays when using either 8" tray with the 6" pier (one above the other). Previously, this was the only Accessory Tray available for the 6" pier. We will have both a 6" Accessory Tray (TRAY06) and a 6" Eyepiece Accessory Tray (TRAY06H) available in early 2007.

These trays cannot be used with 24" Astro-Physics piers or with older 42" piers (there is not enough clearance with the support struts). In order to use these trays with 42" piers, there must be 3 holes around the circumference about 8.5" from the top of the pier post. The support bars will be mounted in these holes. If you have an older 42" pier, you may need to modify your post.

TRAY08$88.00 in stockAdd TRAY08 To My Cart

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Eyepiece Accessory Tray for 8" Diameter Piers (TRAY08H)

These beautifully finished trays will keep eyepieces close at hand during your observing sessions. Each tray has machined holes to accept four 2" and three 1.25" oculars. Using a regular accessory tray above the eyepiece tray will protect eyepieces in the bottom tray from dew. However, due to clearance constraints, this will not work with larger 2" eyepieces. If you use large 2" eyepieces, simply use the tray in the top position. Each tray spans 1/3 of the 8" pier, so you can construct a complete circular tray around the pier post with just three trays and three support bars. Eyepiece trays and regular flat bottom accessory trays can be mixed in any combination. For the ultimate system, we suggest six trays and three support bars, two complete levels around the post.

These trays cannot be used with 24" Astro-Physics piers or with older 42" piers (there is not enough clearance with the support struts). In order to use these trays with 42" piers, there must be 3 holes around the circumference about 8.5" from the top of the pier post. The support bars will be mounted in these holes. If you have an older 42" pier, you may need to modify your post.

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Accessory Tray for 10" Diameter Piers (TRAY10)

These handy trays will keep accessories close at hand during your observing sessions. The trays' raised sides will keep small round objects from falling off and getting lost in the dark grass. In addition to serving as a storage shelf, the top tray will protect items in the bottom tray from dew. Each tray spans 1/3 of your 10" pier, so you can construct a complete circular tray around the pier post with just three trays and three support bars. For the ultimate system, we suggest six trays and three support bars, two complete levels around the post. For added versatility, you can mix these solid trays with the Eyepiece Accessory Trays (TRAY10H) shown below.

These trays cannot be used with 24" Astro-Physics piers or with older 42" piers (there is not enough clearance with the support struts). In order to use these trays with 42" piers, there must be 3 holes around the circumference about 8.5" from the top of the pier post. The support bars will be mounted in these holes. If you have an older 42" pier, you may need to modify your post.


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Eyepiece Accessory Tray for 10" Diameter Piers (TRAY10H)

These beautifully finished trays will keep eyepieces close at hand during your observing sessions. Each tray has machined holes to accept five 2" and six 1.25" oculars. Using a regular accessory tray above the eyepiece tray will protect eyepieces in the bottom tray from dew. However, due to clearance constraints, this will not work with larger 2" eyepieces. If you use large 2" eyepieces, simply use the tray in the top position. Each tray spans 1/3 of the 10" pier, so you can construct a complete circular tray around the pier post with just three trays and three support bars. Eyepiece trays and regular flat bottom accessory trays can be mixed in any combination. For the ultimate system, we suggest six trays and three support bars, two complete levels around the post.

These trays cannot be used with 24" Astro-Physics piers or with older 42" piers (there is not enough clearance with the support struts). In order to use these trays with 42" piers, there must be 3 holes around the circumference about 8.5" from the top of the pier post. The support bars will be mounted in these holes. If you have an older 42" pier, you may need to modify your post.

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Adapter to Attach Losmandy Mount to Astro-Physics Tripod, Portable Pier or 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (LM2APT)

This adapter allows those of you with Losmandy G11 mounts to use them with the Astro-Physics 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6) as well as with our 6" Portable Pier (6X??PP), Adjustable Wood Tripod (AWT000), Adjustable Aluminum Tripod (SDS400) or your own custom pier with our Tripod Adapter (ADATRI). The adapter is beautifully machined and anodized black. (The photo at right shows an non-anodized adapter for clarity!)

The Losmandy Mount to Astro-Physics Tripod Adapter attaches to the A-P pier or tripod with the three supplied knobs (shown). Your G11 can then be attached with either the Losmandy Tripod Knob Set (LTKS) (sold separately) or with 3/8-16 fasteners of your own preference. If you wish, just use bolts as shown at right to permanently attach the mount to the adapter, and then use the convenient, supplied A-P knobs for set-up and tear-down. You may wish to upgrade with our elegant 1/4-20 Machined Knob Kit (M1485KBKIT).


LM2APT before anodizing on 6" Eagle Pier with G11 Mount.
   

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Adapter to attach Losmandy HD Tripod or Tripod with Losmandy MA Top to Astro-Physics 400/600/900/1100/Mach1 Mounts (LT2APM)

This adapter allows owners of all 400, 600E, 900, 1100 and Mach1GTO mounts (cannot be used with the 800) to use the following tripods:
  • Losmandy HD series tripods (Losmandy part #HD Tripod)

  • Folding HD Tripod with MA Top (Losmandy part #FHD-MA)

  • MA Top (Losmandy part #MA) that is attached to a Meade Field Tripod.

The adapter fits into the top of the Losmandy HD Tripod (or MA Top) and is secured with either the Losmandy Knob Set (LTKS) (available separately below) or with the 3/8-16x3/4" socket head cap screw that we provide.

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LT2APM on HD Tripod with Knobs (LTKS)

The top of the LT2APM is drilled and tapped to receive either the A-P Tripod Adapter (ADATRI), the 900/1100 Flat Surface Adapter (119FSA) or the 900 Standard Pier Adapter (900SPA). Please note that one of these three adapters will be required in addition to the LT2APM. We provide the appropriate screws for all applications. For instructions on how to achieve the examples of the various configurations below, please click here. A fully assembled "outfit" with a Mach1GTO is shown at right.

Mach1GTO with optional 1.875 x 10.7" Counterweight Shaft (M1053-A), 8.5" Dovetail for "D" Series Plates (DOVELM2), A-P Tripod Adapter (ADATRI), Losmandy Tripod to A-P Mount Adapter (LT2APM) and Losmandy HD Tripod

A-P Tripod Adapter (ADATRI) mounted on the LT2APM

For 400, 600E and Mach1GTO mounts

A-P 900/1100 Flat Surface Adapter (119FSA) mounted on the LT2APM

Allows the use of the 900 Precision Adjust Rotating Pier Adapter (900RPA) or Hi-Lo Latitude Wedge (900WDG) and 1100GTO mounts.

A-P 900 Standard Pier Adapter (900SPA) mounted on the LT2APM

The Control Box Adapter (CBAPT) can also be used!

CBAPT attached to control box ear of tripod with 1/4" flat head screw, nut and washer

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Losmandy Tripod Knobs, Set of 3 (LTKS)

Set of three machined aluminum knobs with stainless steel threaded 3/8 - 16 shafts. For tools-free attachment:
  • LT2APM Adapter to Losmandy HD Tripod (or MA Top)
  • LM2APT Adapter to Losmandy Mount
Knobs manufactured by Losmandy.
 
       

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This page was last modified: February 11, 2014

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