With June and July being too hot with late sunsets, it was decided to finally construct a concrete pier for the telescope. The tripod was ok as it was positioned on a concrete pad, but sill lost alignment easily. That and the tripod legs took up too much room and it was too high. So the telescope was dismantled and put in storage and the pier project got underway. However, 8 weeks later and the pier has not yet appeared.
The design is complete as is the metal pier top adapter. This week work has started in earnest on the actual pier with the expectation that the observatory will be up and running in a couple of weeks. Just in time for the dark phase of the moon which allows for imaging sessions with the DSLR.