NEW DESIGN 2021. NOW WITH 12 GUIDING SURFACES INSTEAD OF 4. STAINLESS STEEL TOP AND BOTTOM RING. EXHIBITION DESIGN SHOWING THE INTERNAL WORKING COMPONENTS. NEW CONTROLLER WITH RECHARGEABLE BATTERY BACKUP. OUR PIER IS GUARANTEED TO KEEP LEVEL AND POLAR ALIGNMENT AT EVERY HEIGHT!!
Pier-Tech 2 is a patented electro-mechanical telescope pier. It is designed for the observer who wishes to raise and lower the pier by a push of a button. The PT2 has many applications, such as allowing observers of different standing height to look comfortably through the eyepiece. Another application is for observers who have multiple telescopes, such as refractors and cassigrains.
The PT2 allows use of only one pier, since you could raise or lower the pier to any position, when switching between different styles of telescopes. When looking high near the zenith, you don’t need to strain your back by crouching down to look through the eyepiece, just simply push the button on the hand pendant to raise the eyepiece to your eye, while still keeping the telescope level and polar aligned. Best of all, target stays in the field of view!!!!
In observatory applications, use the PT2 or PT3 to raise the telescope above the observatory wall, to view astronomical objects near the horizon.
It can also be controlled via your personal computer or controlling server, with the addition of our Auto-Pier software and hardware or our dome and rolloff roof controller.
To operate the Pier-Tech 2, just plug it into a standard 120V outlet, push the up or down button on the supplied hand held pendant to raise or lower the pier. (Don’t have power in your observatory? You can also operate it with our optional rechargeable battery control box. The pier has 20 inches of precision vertical adjustment keeping your telescope polar aligned and level.
Compare the PT2 Price to Fixed Height Pier prices, and you will notice that it is a good value for the price.
Contact PierTech regarding which pier (PT2 or PT3) is best for your application.
Features of the Pier-Tech 2 Telescope Pier
• Supplied with 120 or (220 Volt controller Europe) just plug into standard wall outlet.
• Stays level and polar aligned at every height.
• Can be made portable with optional leg and castor attachment.
• Contact PierTech regarding which pier (PT2 or PT3) is best for your application.
• Minimum pier height is 34 inches- 34 1/2 inches, Maximum pier height is 54 – 54 1/2 inches, (all dimensions are +/- 1/2 inches)
• Aluminum and stainless steel construction for corrosion resistance.
• Flat, top pier plate is included in price. There will be an additional charge for adapting to mounts that do not attach to a flat top plate. Contact Pier-Tech for additional information.
• Great for roll-off roof observatories and Dome Observatories.
• Ergonomic and handicapped accessible.
• Great for viewers of different standing heights such as children
OUR PIER IS GUARANTEED TO KEEP LEVEL AND POLAR ALIGNMENT AT EVERY HEIGHT!!
The pier can be stopped in any position along its travel. Power loss will not allow the pier to drift down.
AVAILABLE IN 110 VOLT AND 220 VOLT .
Something to possibly consider if your budget can meet the cost and you desire for both visual and imaging. I mostly do imaging, but I got a new C14 Edge HD as I wanted to have some big glass for looking at planets, moon and the nice visual targets. My problem is 1) I have a bad back 2) My objections to visual astronomy has always been that, for me, I always found I needed to be an Olympic Gymnast to be able to contort my body to get to where the eyepiece was. When I set up my new “Retirement” setup I sprung for some PierTech piers that have the ability to raise and lower your OTA. Just in the short time I have had my setup this has been a godsend. When I’m looking inside 30 degree window from zenith I have the pier all the way up and the eyepiece is right at my eyeball and I’m in a comfortable position. When I’m looking more horizontal, the pier is down and I’m golden again. Imaging, the pier is all the way down. To support the AP1600 you need the PT3 pier but these simply work awesome. Lowell Observatory’s GODO has a LOT of AP mounts, both 1600, 1100 and I believe some Mach2’s as well as some PlaneWave mounts. All are on PierTech piers so they can raise/lower for the height of the observer. Raising and lowering does not lose the object.
Philip Hoppes July 2023
Thought I would post this. Having the family over for a BBQ today. Got the Lunt out on the PT2 from PierTech so they could visually see the sun and wanted to get some solar pictures. THIS is why I got a PierTech2 pier for my telescopes. As you can see the sun is almost directly overhead and as such I needed to lift the pier, so I was not crawling on my knees to zero in things. I started the day about 9am and the sun was about 25-30 degrees up from the horizon so I did not need to lift the pier at all. With the PierTech2, I was able to do everything and not rupture a disc in my back trying to contort myself so I could align things. This is just the nuts. I’ve not hooked up all of my electrical to my setup so I have USB spaghetti city going on but meh… it still works. God I love this setup!
PierTech 2 – Electric Height Adjustable Pier – a game-changer for any observatory
I have used this pier with great satisfaction since buying it new in 2005. I really believe in this product, and have two PierTech 3s. I couldn’t do this hobby without them. They make it possible to observe all night long because your stamina is not dissipated in dealing with uncomfortable viewing positions.
This adjustable pier means that you can observe and image in far more comfort and convenience. You can see objects low in the sky while standing, and objects high in the sky while seated. No more awkward bending or ladders. For visual observers, you can observe without straining, for longer. For imagers, your equipment is always at a convenient height.
I’m writing to extend my deepest gratitude to you for creating such a life-changing device (Telescoping pier) and for sending the top plate. Tonight, I was able to photograph Comet Neowise because your pier let me raise the scope up above my observatory wall to view to western horizon. I could not stop smiling, and my wife was amazed at the elegance of raising my scope and mount with a button touch. Thank you, thank you.
With great appreciation for your work,
Faramarz Hidaji, MD
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