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.
I have been very happy with my 6' dome and have shown the craftsmanship of the dome to many of my astronomy friends.
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 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.