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    I forgot, you asked for pictures. I do metal fabrication as a hobby (used to do it as a profession) so I fabbed everything myself.

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    Opps,I forgot that when posting pics here from my tablet they get turned. Mods, can you please correct.
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    Nice looking pier.

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    In the dead center I used an 12" auger to drill down. So I have the hole covered with foam board. So that I can just remove an inch of concrete that covers it. Is was just easier to level concrete that way. So I can still poor the concrete pier, if I go that way. It would be nine feet tall. Either way will still need a steel pier to mount scope on. Keep in mind the dome is going on second floor 10x10. The fill dirt is going up to 4' around the base floor. Wood foundation. Did the same with garage. No heaving that way and meets code.
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    In the dead center I used an 12" auger to drill down. So I have the hole covered with foam board. So that I can just remove an inch of concrete that covers it. Is was just easier to level concrete that way. So I can still poor the concrete pier, if I go that way. It would be nine feet tall. Either way will still need a steel pier to mount scope on. Keep in mind the dome is going on second floor 10x10. The fill dirt is going up to 4' around the base floor. Wood foundation. Did the same with garage. No heaving that way and meets code.
    Ah, that sounds much better! That plan sounds good.
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    With the 14" Edge mounted this evening, watching the clouds roll in... Of course
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    Of course the clouds. Looks real good with the 14 on it. I almost went with the pro mount. Didn't have the money at the time. Did make the top plate on the Pier? Looks like you can make small adjustments if needed.

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    Yes, I fabricated all the metal components for the pier.
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