ATS Portable Piers

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Estimated: 4-6 weeks from date of order
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Pier height, foot pads, extensions, adapters, overcoat, pier wall thickness. Refer to information below.

Advanced Telescope Systems (ATS) portable telescope piers meet the exacting requirement of a rigid base for your observing platform while being very portable, extremely solid, easily leveled and impervious to all weather. All pier tubes, legs and connecting parts are constructed of 6061 aluminum. All bolts and screw assemblies are stainless steel.

There are many options to choose for the construction of your ATS pier so we do not have an online ordering option. Please read the information below , check out the price list and give us a call for assistance or to place your order.

STANDARD FEATURES

  • Aluminum parts are powder coated Cream White to match the mount.
  • Legs fold against the pier tube to allow for easy transportation and storage. No parts to lose or 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. Please specify your choice when placing your order. 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.
  • Pier tube assemblies are secured on both ends with aluminum plates to eliminate vibration effects.
  • Primary leg attachments blocks are welded firmly to the pier tube for improved stability.
  • Balanced carrying handle to facilitate transporting the assembly.

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.
  • Extensions are available.

 CUSTOMIZE YOUR PIER – must be ordered the same time as the pier
There is an additional charge for each of these options.

  • Protective polyurethane clear overcoat to provide greater protection for the finish. Recommended especially for solar observing and when pier is stored outdoors.
  • Order extra set of foot pads, either powder-coated aluminum or hard rubber
  • 8” Pier: Upgrade to 0.25” wall thickness

NOTE: Piers may have minor cosmetic flaws, i.e. slight indentations or irregular paint pattern.

ADAPTERS
Please read the information provided in the tab for the pier you are considering.

ACCESSORIES

  • 6" and 12" Extensions.
  • 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.
  • 8” Pier: Padded Carry Case: The longer 52" Carry Case (C0052) listed with our Mach1GTO's Eagle pier will hold the ATS 8" pier in lengths up to and including the 42" pier. It is a very nice way to go!

CONSIDER A LARGER PIER FOR A MORE ROBUST VISUAL OR IMAGING PLATFORM

Mount the Mach1GTO on the ATS 8" Portable Pier
Attach the 8" Flat Pier Plate (119FP) to the 8" pier and then use the existing tapped holes to mount the 6" Flat Surface Adapter (ADATRI). Note: modification by ATS to the base diameter of the 119FP will be required if the wall thickness of the 8" pier is upgraded from the standard 1/8" to the optional 1/4" (for a cost upcharge).

Mount the 1100GTO and 900GTO on the ATS 10" Portable Pier
Attach the 10" Flat Pier Plate (1612FP) to the 10" pier and then use the existing tapped holes to mount the 8" Flat Surface Adapter (119FSA). Note: modification to the base diameter of the 1612FP may be required by ATS. The Control Box Extension (Q6281KIT) is then used to provide clearance for the larger pier diameter when mounting the control box (CP2, CP3 or CP4).

Mount the 1600GTO and 1200GTO on the ATS 12" Portable Pier
Attach the ATS Pier Flat Plate (ATS12PFP) to the 12" pier and have ATS drill and tap holes to mount the 10" Flat Surface Adapter (1612FSA). Note: The ATS12PFP is obtained from ATS and can be ordered through Astro-Physics.

 

HOW TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

Please call Astro-Physics to place your order: 815-282-1513. Please review the information provided (including the Order Terms & Conditions Below) and the price list in order to answer the following questions:

  • What size pier?
  • Do you prefer aluminum or hard rubber foot pads? You may choose either one. You may also order the 2nd option for an additional charge for you to install at a later time.
  • What mount will be used with the pier? Some mounts require additional parts or modification.
  • Do you want a polyurethane paint over coat or transportation adapter?
  • Would you like to order any extensions, pier trays or other accessories?

ORDER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The estimated delivery date will be provided after the order is placed. 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.

8" Portable Pier for 900 and 1100 Mounts

Part number ATS8X30 ATS8X36 ATS8X42 ATS8X48 ATS8X54 ATS8X60
Height of pier 30" 36" 42" 48" 54" 60"
Diameter of post 8" 8" 8" 8" 8" 8"
Wall thickness of post * 0.125" or
0.250"
0.125" or
0.250"
0.125" or
0.250"
0.125" or
0.250"
0.125" or
0.250"

0.125" or
0.250"

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
Prices $ 2,295 $ 2,395 $ 2,495 $ 2,595 $ 2,695 $ 2,795

Use this Latitude Dimension Calculator (Excel spreadsheet) to help with choosing your pier height.

Options for 8" Portable Piers

Part number ATS825 ATSIPF ATSCCOAT ATS8EXT06 ATS8EXT12
Description Upgrade to .25” wall thickness Interchangeable Foot Pads (Unmounted) ATS Pier Clear Overcoat 6” Pier Extension (only sold with pier) 12” Pier Extension (only sold with pier)
Prices $ 200 $ 100 $ 100 $ 275 $ 325

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 ATS will need to machine the base of the adapter to fit the pier. There is no additional charge.

900 Mounts - all versions
The O.D. of the 900 Rotating and Standard Pier Adapters may be too large to fit directly into the ATS piers. There are two solutions that will enable them to fit. Please call to discuss these options.

  • The Pier Adapter for the 900GTO mount (part # 900RPA or 900SPA) will need to be modified to fit into the ATS pier. There are additional charges by ATS for this modification. If you already own the mount, you will send your original mount base plate/pier adapter directly to ATS to test with your pier. We no longer have extra 900RPA or 900SPA adapters available for purchase. 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. For this reason, we recommend the next option.
  • Purchase the Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate for 1100GTO and all 900 Mounts (part # 119FSA-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.

10” Portable Pier for 1200 and 1600 Mounts

Part number ATS10X30 ATS10X36 ATS10X42 ATS10X48 ATS10X54 ATS10X60
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
Prices $ 2,495 $ 2,595 $ 2,695 $ 2,795 $ 2,895 $ 2,995

Use this Latitude Dimension Calculator (Excel spreadsheet) to help with choosing your pier height.

Options for 10" Portable Piers

Part number ATSIPF ATSCCOAT ATS10EXT06 ATS10EXT12
Description Interchangeable Foot Pads (Unmounted) ATS Pier Clear Overcoat 6” Pier Extension (only sold with pier) 12” Pier Extension (only sold with pier)
Prices $ 100 $ 100 $ 325 $ 375

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. Please call to discuss these options.

  • 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 1200RPA pier adapter, we will ship it directly to ATS so that it can be fit to your pier. We no longer have the 1200SPA adapter available for purchase. There are additional charges by ATS for this modification (ATSMOD). 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. For that reason, we recommend the next option.
  • 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.

12” Portable Pier for 3600 Mount

Part number ATS12X30 ATS12X36 ATS12X42 ATS12X48
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
Prices $ 2,695 $ 2,795 $ 2,895 $ 2,995

Use this Latitude Dimension Calculator (Excel spreadsheet) to help with choosing your pier height.

Options for 12" Portable Piers

Part number ATSIPF ATSCCOAT ATS12EXT06 ATS12EXT12
Description Interchangeable Foot Pads (Unmounted) ATS Pier Clear Overcoat 6” Pier Extension (only sold with pier) 12” Pier Extension (only sold with pier)
Prices $ 100 $ 100 $ 375 $ 425

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.

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