Advanced Telescope Systems, Inc., Telescope Pier Manufacturer

Manufacturing Quality
Portable & Permanent Telescope Piers

Designed For Strength Built With Quality

Portable Telescope Piers

Advanced Telescope Systems 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.

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  • Portable Telescope Pier The portable telescope pier contains no parts which will rust when exposed to weather. All machined parts are constructed of high quality 6061 aluminum and powder paint treated for a durable and attractive finish.
  • All bolts and screws are stainless steel.
  • The telescope pier tube assembly is secured on both ends with aluminum plates to eliminate vibration effects. The primary leg attachment blocks are welded firmly to the pier tube for improved stability.
  • Piers of 8″ OD are made with 0.125 inch wall (thickness) aluminum tubing. Piers of 10″ and 12″ OD are made with 0.25 inch wall tubing. Piers of 8″ OD can be made with 0.25 inch wall tubing for an additional $200 charge.
  • Pier legs are constructed of square tubing and are TIG welded together for improved strength and rigidity. Fold down legs provide for easy transport to remote locations. No tools are required for set-up. Foot pads are available in aluminum or hard rubber, per customer request.
  • Turnbuckle adjusters between the pier base and legs provide for precise leveling adjustments on uneven terrain.
  • Telescope pier adapters are rigidly constructed to insure a solid connection in the critical junction between pier tube top and mount. Available adapters include Meade, Celestron, Losmandy, Paramount, Astro-Physics, Takahashi and other mount manufacturers. Custom adapters available. Pier adapters are not included in the pier pricing.
  • Weight of the portable telescope pier ranges between 30 and 70 pounds depending on the pier diameter and height. All telescope piers come standard with a balanced carrying handle to facilitate easy carrying.
  • Custom pier heights are available upon request.
  • For added weather protection, a clear polyurethane coating is available for an additional $100 per pier.

Portable Telescope Pier Specifications

8 Inch O D Pier 30" 36" 42" 48" 54" 60"
Height Closed (inches) 36 42 48 54 60 66
Foot Radius (inches) 21 22 24 25 26 27
Load Rating (pounds) 350 350 350 350 350 350
Weight (pounds) 26 30 34 38 42 46
10 Inch O D Pier 30" 36" 42" 48" 54" 60"
Height Closed (inches) 39 42 48 54 60 66
Foot Radius (inches) 21 23 26 27 28 29
Load Rating (pounds) 550 550 550 550 550 550
Weight (pounds) 34 38 42 46 50 54
12 Inch O D Pier Custom Built

Portable Telescope Pier Pricing

Pier Height 30" 36" 42" 48" 54" 60"
8" Pier O D $2,595 $2,695 $2,795 $2,895 $2,995 $3,095
10" Pier O D $2,795 $2,895 $2,995 $3,095 $3,195 $3,295
12" Pier O D $2,995 $3,095 $3,195 $3,295 N/A N/A

Pier Heights over 60″ are available as custom orders.

Total pier height is calculated from the ground to the top of the pier in set-up mode. Pier adapters are not included in the above prices. Custom pier adapters are available for an additional fee depending on the machining required. Prices do not include shipping, handling, or any applicable taxes. All prices are in U.S. Dollars.

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Packaging & Shipping Information

All shipments are professionally packed for safety, and insured for transport. We commonly use FedEx or UPS carriers, and ground or international economy rate service. Customers are responsible for any import fees and/or duties on international shipments. Shipping charges on adapter-only orders will be figured on an individual basis. These quotes represent all domestic shipment orders (continental U.S.). International and 12″ OD pier shipments figured on an individual basis.

Pier Packing & Shipping Weight
8″ OD Piers $200.00 35-60 lbs.
10″ OD Piers $225.00 50-75 lbs.
12″ OP Piers $250.00 50-75 lbs.

Advanced Telescope Systems, Inc.
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Designed For Strength Built With Quality

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