Technical Innovations Home Dome - 6' Observatory - Short 9" Base Ring
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Technical Innovations Home Dome - 6' Observatory - Short 9" Base Ring
Technical Innovations Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
Let's learn more about the Technical Innovations HD6 Observatory Dome...
The 6' diameter Home Dome observatory provides all the convenience and protection of large observatories, but in a limited space. Its small size allows installation on almost any building or structure and is less imposing in communities where neighbors have concerns about their view of your property. Though compact, the dome will easily accommodate a pier-mounted Schmidt-Cassegrain up to 12", or, depending on the mounting design a 6" Newtonian. There is space for you and a guest but for larger groups, a 10' dome is more appropriate.
The 6' HomeDome observatory is available in two models. Each has the same 74" diameter dome with a 30" wide slot opening and two piece shutter system. The 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, sealed ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring portion of the wall. You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even fully automate and operate the dome remotely with the Technical Innovations Digital Dome Works package.
Weather protection in a Technical Innovations Observatory Dome 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.
The Technical Innovations observatory 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. Typically, domes are assembled in place by two or three persons, without cranes or special equipment. The HD6 can typically be assembled in one day with two people. The Technical Innovations HD6 is our "short" 6' observatory, intended for mounting on your own structure or walls. The dome sits on a 9" high base ring for a total internal height of 3'10". The HD-6S is strong but very lightweight and can be mounted on a rectangular skirt for an additional 4" of height.
Technical Innovations Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short Features
- Weather protection 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.
- The dome turns easily on hard rubber, sealed ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring portion of the wall.
- The two shutters move up-and-over, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open.
- The HD-6S is strong but very lightweight and can be mounted on a rectangular skirt for an additional 4" of height.
- Its small size allows installation on almost any building or structure and is less imposing in communities where neighbors have concerns about their view of your property.
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||9"|
|Height of Shutter Opening||12" past zenith|
|Interior Color||Dark Blue|
|Max Interior Height||3' 10"|
|Number of Shutter Rollers||9|
|Number of Shutters||2|
|Required Closing Force||20 lb.|
|Required Opening Force||15 lb.|
|Required Turning Force||10 lb.|
|Riser Ring or Wall Included||Yes|
|Roof Type||Hemispherical Dome|
|Shutter Operation Method||Manual with Electronic Optional|
|Width of Shutter Opening||30"|
The HD6S worked out great. It mated with my structure perfectly and I believe really enhanced the appearance. I assembled it in the warmth of my garage/workshop in one day alone, then took it apart and reassembled it with assistance from my wife at the observatory the next day The workmanship on the dome is excellent! It surpassed my expectations.
Except for some finish work inside, [my HD-6S] is nearly done! The dome works perfectly, it looks great too! We named the observatory Star Catcher ...inspired by a poem my daughter sent me. The observatory is located at the Orange County Astronomers Anza California site. It's about 12 miles north of Mount Palomar. I can see the dome with the 200 from my site. I am truly happy with my dome. I know I made the right choice.
I have been very happy with my 6' dome and have shown the craftsmanship of the dome to many of my astronomy friends.
I purchased a six foot dome from you four years ago — it's been fabulous in a most brutal environment, the coast of New England on Plum Island. My dome has withstood the wildest New England coastal weather imaginable. Nor'easters, snowstorms, let them come. She has performed beautifully. I'm now interested in upgrading to a ten foot. I plan on donating the 6 footer to a local high school. The new one goes in its place. Your dome, (and my telescope were featured on a Home and Garden special recently. I'm a correspondent for ABC News 20/20 and Prime Time Live. They were doing a program on celebrity homes.
Assembling our [HD6S] dome was a real pleasure for both of us and our trip to Cumberland to pick it up and talk with guys at the plant was also a pleasure. If I hadn't read your booklet At Home in a Dome I wouldn't have been able to build the structure we now have. The booklet is a gold mine of knowledge and clarity. One of the major problems that the booklet solved was how high should the wall be? Thank you very much.
I've had my HD-6S dome for two years. It has worked flawlessly until the other night when I had a problem with a drive motor. I was able to fix it in my shop. When I move to the SW in a few years, I plan to get a 10' dome. I love the product.