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The super Pier build begins.


Graham

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Hi folks.

For those who do not know I have been assigned the honour of building the pier for the new telescope at the 'Royal Observatory in Edinburgh'.

After much consultation and exchanges of ideas and designs we have settled on a basic but super sturdy design.

The photos are of the component parts before I start the machining process.

Dimensions are as follows :-

Top Plate -- 400mm in diameter x 20mm thick.

Tube -- 280mm in diameter x 600mm tall with a 15mm wall thickness.

Base Plate -- 470mm in diameter x 20mm thick.

Gussets -- 250mm x 50mm x 10mm thick.

Combined weight of the component parts is in excess of 150 kilos.

First job is to get all the components shot blasted.

I will then machine up the top plate and drill the mount fixing holes.

The next task is to mark out the base plate and drill the holes for the holding down bolts.

Then its weld it all together and paint it.

This photo with the super king cig packet will give you some idea of the size of the components.

This photo is to show you what scope and mount is going on top of this Pier in the obs.

I will keep you updated on the progress.

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Hi Darren.

Thanks it is going to be something else when it is finished.

By the time its put to gether it is going to be a forklift job to move it around. :D :D :D

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Hi Rob.

Oh yes

It is going to get a large sticker in a very prominent place.

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You can mount that scope without a fork lift lol through clever use of a flat top bar stool :)

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Thats true Kim but they are going to need a forklift to get the Pier from the truck into the obs. ;)

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Ohhh right - well if you need a qualified fork lift driver I'm licensed to lift 5 tons - 005 lol :)

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Well the parts are back from shot blasting and I have machined up the top plate.

I have just finished marking out the base plate and putting the 22mm holes in to take the fixings.

All I have to do now is put it together.

Thanks

Graham.

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Hi again.

Latest update.

The welding is now all done.

I will leave it overnight to cool.

Tomorrow it will get a final clean and some paint.

Thanks

Graham.

Astrotec Limited.

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Looks fantastic Graham.

It ain't going far when it's bolted down.

Will you be filling it with sand or leaving as is?

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Hi Martyn.

I am not fitting it.

The obs team are going to fit it.

Your are right though now it is all together the only way I can move it is with a forklift.

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That is impressive, looking forward to the finished thing and once it is holding up the OTA.

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You and me both.

My next problem is to find some one to transport it up to Edinburgh.lol

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Well that's it folks.

It is finished and ready to go.

Its been an interesting project and one I would certainly do again.

Thanks for your interest in it.

Graham

Astrotec Limited.

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If I'd have made that it would have been a plate with my name welded on not a sticker

something to be proud of

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Yes but even if they take the sticker off I still know I made it and so do a lot of other folk. lol

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You and me both.

My next problem is to find some one to transport it up to Edinburgh.lol

how you going to get it on the transport!!! Low loader and wheelbarrow :P

Good job looks reaaly good

Sheila

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Hi Sheila.

I am seriously thinking of taking it up myself.

I would love to see their faces when they see it for the first time.

Especially as the guy who first contacted me about making this thought it was only going to weight 30 to 40 kilos. :D :D :D

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