The Shelyak Dome Tracker was designed to allow automatic movement and closure of an observatory dome that is already outfitted with motors. The Dome Tracker is inserted between your computer, which is being used to control your telescope and other accessories, and the controller for your dome motors. Once installed, Dome Tracker can send a signal to open or close your dome based on your inputs. You can also have your dome mimic your telescope's movements during Go To and tracking.
There are two different modes the Dome Tracker can work in, depending on what type of roof you have on your observatory; "Dome" or "Roll-Off Roof".
- DOME: If you are using Dome Tracker on a dome, this mode will rotate the dome to find its zero position, and then positions are tracked with an angular encoder. The shelter is managed by a signal sent to your system.
- ROLL-ROOF: Use this mode if you have a roll-off roof, and Dome Tracker will send a signal to your motor controller until the end-of-position switches are activated.