Technical Innovations Home Dome - 10' Observatory - No Door in Base Ring
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Technical Innovations Home Dome - 10' Observatory - No Door in Base Ring
Technical Innovations Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
Let's learn more about the Technical Innovations HD10 Observatory...
The 10' Home Dome (HD10) has a lower cost than the Professional Dome 10, and is designed primarily for on-structure installation. The HD10 can accommodate most Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians (on German Equatorials) up to 16" diameter. Large yoke-mounted Newtonians may require a larger dome or an off-center telescope mount.
Built to the same high standard of all TI domes, the HDl0 has a 5' high dome made of two pairs of "quadrants" bolted together along internal flanges. The dome sits on a 12" high base ring that incorporates the ball bearing rollers for dome rotation. A reverse flange at the top of the base ring covers the roller area and keeps the dome safe from wind. The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, extending up to zenith and 16" beyond. Two shutters open by sliding up and over the dome, then nest together outside the rear cover. As in all Technical Innovations observatories, two integral, automatic latches lock the shutter together for security when closed.
Because no part of the 10' Home Dome weighs more than about 45 lb, it is easy to assemble without use of cranes, even on top of high structures. As with our other dome designs, the HD10 must be securely mounted on a solid support structure. Rectangular and circular skirts often ease the transition to the existing or newly constructed structure. The domes use bolt-together construction. Assembly requires alignment of parts, measuring and drilling bolt holes, and use of common hand and power tools. Larger holes, for rollers and latches, are cut and finished at the factory. Assembly time required: two people, two days.
Two shutters move up-and-over, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open. This patented design makes the full shutter opening available to the astronomer (and assists in sky orientation for students). The dome turns easily on hard rubber, ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring. You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely.
Weather protection is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate. Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins. A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
Nearly 1,500 Technical Innovations domes are now in use by amateur and professional astronomers around the world, and a great number of them HD10 models!
Technical Innovations Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome Features
- Weather protection is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate.
- You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely.
- Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins.
- Two shutters move up-and-over, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open. This patented design makes the full shutter opening available to the astronomer (and assists in sky orientation for students).
- A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
Customer Note: Because Technical Innovations Observatories are a highly specialized product that will be shipped directly from the manufacturer, it would be next to impossible for us to give you even a rough estimate of shipping costs for both domestic and international orders via our on-line calculator. For that reason, we've included special information on both packaging and shipping. If you decide to purchase an observatory, you will be given full shipping and packing charges at the time of your purchase - or you may feel free to email our professional sales staff at any time for further estimates. OPT has also put together several telescope, computer controlled mount and imaging packages to accompany your Technical Innovations Observatory. Thank you!
|Dome Shutter Design||Two Piece Nesting Shutter|
|Dome Wall Thickness (")||3/16" minimum|
|Dome/Roof Movement||Manual with Electronic Optional|
|Exterior Surface Treatment||White Gel Coat|
|Height of Riser or Wall||12"|
|Height of Shutter Opening||16" past zenith|
|Interior Color||Dark Blue|
|Max Interior Height||6'|
|Number of Shutter Rollers||16|
|Number of Shutters||2|
|Required Closing Force||25 lb.|
|Required Opening Force||20 lb.|
|Required Turning Force||15 lb.|
|Riser Ring or Wall Included||Yes|
|Roof Type||Hemispherical Dome|
|Shutter Operation Method||Manual with Electronic Optional|
|Snow Load (psf)||40 lb.|
|Width of Shutter Opening||36"|
|Wind Load (mph)||110|
I am enjoying the HOME-DOME a great deal and use it on every clear night....The drive works very well and actually turns the dome better than by hand, probably because of the more even pressure on two sides....Thanks again for a good product. It does everything you said it would.
[This] is a first class outfit. Having put up a couple of previous domes..., I can appreciate the thought that must have gone into the planning of the HOME-DOME. So far as I could tell, no detail was overlooked....
Absolutely, please do quote me in your customer comments, as I'd whole-heartedly recommend your domes to anyone in the market for one. They are a great product! In 2001, S.B. moved his dome to a new site and wrote again: One really appreciates the modular design of your domes when one needs to take it apart for a move. A great thing about reassembling it a second time is that all the bolt holes were already drilled. I want to thank you guys for supplying stainless steel bolts and nuts. I had no problem with freezing of the nuts on the bolts due to corrosion that could occur with zinc bolts and nuts. Out here at my new site, we get really strong winds, but as I said, I would think only tornado winds would destroy the dome, but then my new house would also be destroyed. Let's hope that never happens! By the way, I did receive the pack of replacement J-connections for the wind restraint system. Thanks greatly for looking out for your customers.
I continue to use my Home Dome with much pleasure. My sunspot observation today was the 1477th time I have used it since the first night on April 20, 1996. I count day use as one and night use as one more in my log.... The AAVSO just informed me that I am to receive an Observer Award for my contributions to the Solar Division. Without your Home Dome this would not have happened. Having the telescope ready to go has allowed me to observe the Sun each clear day.
I bought a 10 Home Dome last year and it is functioning like a charm. I placed it on circular farm silo concrete bricks, about 5 feet high. I have the outside covered with cedar siding painted the color of my house. Planted roses and chives around perimeter. Looks nice and crisp... just like having a mini-Mt. Palomar in the yard next to the pond. Thanks again for a wonderful product. People just marvel when they get inside and watch all the gadgetry.
I am writing to let you see another example of my completed HD10 dome. I love it. You most certainly can provide a link to my web site, and I will offer as much help to others as I can. I just got the dome up Friday. It is fabulous. I have been on pins and needles working on it this week... but now that its up I am impressed with the value of what I have. My new HD150 mount and 10 inch optimized Newtonian also arrived... and the dome and this scope look as if they were made for one another. For those with a permanent site this choice definitely is an alternative to purchasing a more portable scope such as a Richey Chreiten. My dome and Newtonian are about the same cost as one of these portable systems, only it is more convenient to use.