This adapter is necessary to attach an Astro-Physics 400 or 600E mount to a tripod or pier. This will also be the Flat Surface Adapter for the new mount currently under development.
The Baader Adjustable Wooden Tripod (AWT000) and the Lightweight Aluminum Tripod (SDS400) come with this adapter when ordered from us, but if you purchased your tripod elsewhere, or have built your own tripod or pier, you will probably need this adapter. You can also use a customized 8" ATS Pier with a flat plate on top to which this adapter is mounted. Please also note that the Astro-Physics 6" Portable Piers do not need this adapter.
Click on the PDF diagram showing the dimensions of the adapter for those of you building your own pier. We modified the adapter to have 6 side bolt-through slots so that all three mounts can be oriented with one of the tripod legs facing the pole. The 6 slots are spaced every 60 degrees and provide increased azimuth adjustability.
The Tripod Adapter is made of black-anodized aluminum and is precision machined to help guarantee a rock solid platform for your observing and imaging needs. The Tripod adapter bolts onto the top plate of the tripod or the top of your home-made pier through the adapter's 3 bottom bolt-through holes. Your mount sits down inside the adapter and is fastened to it through 3 of the 6 side bolt-through slots using the 3 knobs that came with the mount.
The 4" and 8" extensions for our 6" Eagle pier (EAGLE6E4 and EAGLE6E8) can also be attached to this adapter and used as a convenient way to increase the height of your setup.
ADATRI - Tripod Adapter will work with all 400, 600E and Mach1GTO mounts. It can also be used in many instances with the Control Box Adapter (CBAPT) and Single-Level Accessory Tray Support Bars (TRAYSB1). Additionally, it can be used with our (LM2APT) Adapter to mount a Losmandy G11 to a flat surface or tripod.
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