After a bit of looking and searching around I figured that I could make a decent pier form a post hammer. These things are made from thick steel and are well constructed and cheap. I also needed a top plate for the EQ6 to mount onto. I realised that the inner part of a car wheel would fit just perfect.. (These are also called Post Rammers and Post drivers)
Images and text by Megan Taggart
After a bit of investigation I worked out that the top of the EQ6 mount could fit onto to the inner section of a car wheel. The plate normally has three legs attached but by using some carriage bolts bent with a right angle in thing they line up perfectly with the wheel holes! On the right is the section cut out from the car wheel.
I also fashioned a new bolt which would also grab the bottom of the pier as well as the four bolts giving me five points securing the EQ6 head to the pier. Left is the old bolt and right is the new bolt made from M12 threaded rod with a section ground to remove the threads.
The post hanner had the handles removed, the wheel section welded to the top and some new tabs welded to the bottom for bolting it down. I also cut a hole in the side to allow me to put my hand in to access the bolts.
This is the finished pier ready to get bolted down and accept the mount.
All done! Well one scope anyway.