Technical Innovations 6' Home Dome Observatory - Tall 45" Wall
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Technical Innovations 6' Home Dome Observatory - Tall 45" Wall
Technical Innovations Six Foot Observatory Dome - Tall
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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 where 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 our 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 Technical Innovations PD6 Observatory Dome can typically be assembled in one day with two people.
The PD6 is most commonly mounted directly onto a concrete pad or wooden deck. In some cases, the dome has been mounted onto a platform of flat roof of a building. The dome sits on a 45" high wall/base ring for a total internal height of 6'10". The PD6 is strong but very lightweight. The dome comes with 45" high, 19ƒ??????????? wide, full height access door for un-hindered entry in the ƒ???????????Homeƒ??????????? position with the shutter open. Moving equipment in and out of the observatory does not pose any problem. For added floor space, you can add one or more optional computer cubbies. Your dome must be bolted to a secure foundation. The base has an internal flange for mounting to your structure.
Technical Innovations Six Foot Observatory Dome - Tall 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.
- Full height access door for un-hindered entry in the ƒ???????????Homeƒ??????????? position with the shutter open.
- Add on "space" by adding optional computer cubbies.
- Its small size allows installation on almost anywhere 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||45"|
|Height of Shutter Opening||12" past zenith|
|Interior Color||Dark Blue|
|Max Interior Height||6' 10"|
|Number of Shutter Rollers||10|
|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"|
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.