We'll put a photo [of the HD6T] in the Auckland Astronomical magazine. Everyone is trying to solve the observatory problem in one way or another, and yours gives an excellent option. The exchange rate with the US$ is very for us folks in NZ. And from a later message.... We still love the Home Dome which we've been using since July. It is very good at blocking out wind and stray light. We've even managed to discover a new asteroid: 1999 SO9, about 250 million km from Earth and 15-20 km in dia. Next year it is possible we will order another Home Dome for our farmlet in the South Island.
Well, my dome is up. I still have to wire up the drive power supply and install the electric shutter but basically, I'm looking at a miniature of the Palomar Observatory from the window of my den. The finished product is very attractive. Just thought you would like to know that my six year old son Alex had fun rotating the dome for me to test rotation. He did it effortlessly. Great product.
This is to let you know that I received the observatory on Friday. As you promised, the unloading was not a problem. I think it is an impressive piece of engineering. By Sunday, the [HD-6T] was up and ready on top of the highest section of my backyard deck. Some minor adjustments for the smooth rotation of the dome yet need to be done but it looks and feels wonderful. On Monday, we had high wind warning (40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. The observatory stood proudly against the elements. And from a later note: I tell you, my wife, the children and I feel like kids with a new toy. The telescope (8 LX10 Meade is now mounted on a concrete pier in the center of the observatory., I will be installing some low voltage red lights this coming weekend and everything will be set to begin stargazing and astrophotography. We are looking forward to the fun.
I have definitely been observing more since my dome has been installed. Having the telescope ready to go is a great incentive. The electric shutter option was money well spent. It greatly speeds up the opening operation, and it also impresses visitors! Thanks for all you do!
I installed the HD-6T this weekend. It went together well... I installed the DSR, dome halves, rear shutter and then top & front shutters. I must make minor adjustments to the DSR to ensure a completely free rotation around the base wall. It rotates very well now, but I think that I can improve (center it further before I caulk. I was surprised at the ease of the shutter installation. Overall the instructions were clear and orderly.
I am really happy with my dome [HD6T with Dome Trak]. I spend so much more time observing now because in five minutes I'm ready to start taking CCD images. The dome is one of the best things I've ever bought.