Nexdome

  • NexDome Setup by Frank Parks in San Diego

    Here is my NexDome in San Diego being prepared for the FSQ-106 imaging system.  The 8-foot NexDome was quite easy to assemble and is well made for a very affordable dome.  My next project is to cut down some more trees and start narrowband imaging.  Thanks for the great service.
    — Frank

  • Nexdome Weathers the Storm in Ship Shape

    We recently received a message from John Baker, the owner of a Nexdome residing in the Houston, Texas area which was recently battered by Hurricane Harvey.   The backyard observatory proved its strength and durability as it came out of the category 4 hurricane, unscathed. Knowing his proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the likelihood of being hit with a tropical storm at some point, John did make a few small additions with brackets and tie-downs for additional insurance.  While the dome was slammed with high winds and rain it not only weathered the storm but no repair or adjustment after.  All Nexdomes are tested to withstand high wind and rains but a hurricane can test even the most durable of structures to their limits.  Thanks for sharing John and we are so happy to know that you and your equipment are safe!

    Read on to see what John says about his experience:

    Hi Farah, 

    I am more than pleased to tell you that the NexDome I recently purchased from Woodland Hills Telescope survived Hurricane Harvey's landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. Peak wind gusts of 90+ mph were recorded as the storm passed over my Bay Home which is 12 miles from Port Lavaca, Texas. Things were "very rough" as you could tell from the Weather Channel's on site coverage at Port Lavaca during the height of the storm.  As my Bay Home is constructed to hurricane standards I decided to provide the same for the NexDome.  The NexDome is sitting on a 4 inch concrete slab and secured using concrete screws on each of the provided wall section's "L" brackets.  As an added feature, I installed hold down brackets on opposite sides of the dome using a similar bracket arrangement with concrete screws.  I attached a " D.O.T"  brand two inch wide "back off tie down" positioned directly over the dome's shutter to secure the both the shutter and dome.  The dome is fully functional and ready for some more great viewing down here on the Texas Gulf Coast.  By the way, I have a Mewlon 250 and IOptron Mount.  With that setup, there is enough room in the dome for two adults!!  Thanks for all of your help and liaison with NexDome regarding technical info:)

    Best Regards

    John Baker

    Houston, Texas

  • Nexdome Review by John Baker

    Please see attached pictures of my installation on the Texas Gulf Coast. Well worth waiting for!!  Very good quality with plenty of room for my Tak Mewlon 250 and IOptron mount.  The wind blows from 10-15 mph almost everyday.  I had no issues with the wind disturbing my scope!!  My son and I installed the dome in 6 hours.  We are experienced with this type of installation.  Only one complaint (some hardware was missing - should increase quality control on hardware packing).  Easily sourced replacement hardware at local store.

    John Baker
    Houston Texas
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  • Nexdome Downloads

    NexDome Windows Dome Control Driver 

    NexDome OSX Dome Control Driver (Coming Soon)

    NexDome Linux Dome Control Driver (Coming Soon)

  • Nexdome Manuals

    2.2 Meter (8') Walls Assembly Instructions

    2.2 Meter (8') Dome Assembly Instructions

    2.2 Meter (8') Ring Assembly Instructions

    2.2 Meter (8') Bay Assembly Instructions

    Wind Lock Assembly Instructions

  • Nexdome Q&A

    How well does the Nexdome withstand wind? 

    Per our tests, the dome resists up to 50 miles wind WITHOUT the wind lock and so far we had a report of 80miles wind WITH wind locks. Photo attached. About sand storms, I am sure that fine sand can get into the dome through the gap between the dome and walls.

    Does the Nexdome withstand high temperatures and prolonged exposure to
    the Sun (UV)?

    The NexDome has been tested for extreme temperatures of - 40 to + 55 degrees
    celsius. Compared to the same class observatories NexDome is has the
    coolest inside due to the gaps between the dome and walls which air can
    travel through. Also, NexDome has the best UV coating in the market called
    SolarKote.

    Can the Nexdome be locked and secure from entry?

    Yes the NexDome door can be lock from outside and shutter from the inside.

    How does the Nexdome rotator motor work and can it be controlled by software? 

    Yes, we debuted the dome rotation motor during NEAF 2016 and the shutter
    motor is now available. Yes, they can be controlled
    remotely.

    Do you have interior images of the observatory with pods installed?

    Yes! Check out our friends at Ostahowski Optics. 

  • NexDome Review - Joe Alvarez

    Another NexDome success story.  Joe Alvarez of EMI Technologies in Las Cruces, NM just received and set up his new NexDome.  Check out his review and photos and see why this affordable and easy to set up dome is easily adapted to nearly any application.

    It took 5 months to get my observatory and at the end, it was worth the wait.  Easy to assemble with 2 people (7 hours).  Instructions are available online only and somewhat easy to follow.  Hole tolerances are tight....I enlarged the inside holes and made assembly easier.  My observatory has 3 annexes and plenty of room.  I highly recommend this product.

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