Technical Innovations - 10' Pro Dome - Door in Base Ring

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The PRO-DOME (PDl0) is usually a stand-alone dome, mounted onto a concrete surface or even a wooden deck. The PD10 can oblige most Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians (on German Equatorials) up to 16" diameter.

SKU: TEC-PD10
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Manufacturer Technical Innovations
 

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The PRO-DOME (PDl0) is usually a stand-alone dome, mounted onto a concrete surface or even a wooden deck. The PD10 can oblige most Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians (on German Equatorials) up to 16" diameter. Bigger yoke-mounted Newtonians might require a bigger dome  or an off-center telescope mount. Assembled to the same high standard of all TI domes, the PDl0 has a 5' high dome made of two sets of "quadrants" bolted together along internal flanges. The dome is located on a 12" high base ring that has the ball bearing rollers for dome revolution. A reverse flange at the highest point of the base ring covers the roller area and keeps the dome safe from wind. The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, and reaching up to zenith and 16" past. Two shutters open by sliding up and over the dome, then come together outside the back cover. As in every one of our observatories, two indispensable, automatic latches bolt the shutter together for security when shut.

The PD10 includes these added features: a molded semi-door section to allow full height entrance; additional rollers; and soffit to meet the most extreme wind/snow conditions; and a key operated, custom dead-bolt lock for security. Wall height of the PDl0 can be increased by adding matching 12" high wall rings, each with a molded door section. Because no part of the PD10 weighs more than about 45 lb, it is easy to assemble without use of cranes, even on top of high structures. As with our other dome designs, the PDl0 must be mounted on a foundation or other solid support structure. Assembly time required: two people, two days.

Two shutters move up and-over, automatically disengaging during opening to join together at the back of the dome when open. This patented construction makes the full shutter opening accessible to the astronomer (and helps with sky introduction for beginners). The dome revolves effectively on hard rubber, ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring. You can add engines for dome rotation and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely. By stacking modular wall rings, walls of any height can be setup to match your telescope and pier height. Three wall rings maximizes the usable space inside the observatory as you have about 6 feet of free space right against the wall. We offer a full height enterway permitting access without duck-under doors or high walls.

The domes utilize bolt together mechanics. Setup needs proper alignment of parts, measuring and penetrating screw openings, and utilization of normal hand and control tools. Bigger holes, for rollers and latches, are cut and completed at the industrial facility. Commonly, domes are put together by a few people, without cranes or special equipment. Our PD10 ten foot diameter domes are installed at homes, schools, universities, exhibition halls and research destinations. Onlookers place them on solid concrete surfaces, wooden towers, decks, housetops, and on custom structures.

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Name Technical Innovations - 10' Pro Dome - Door in Base Ring
Manufacturer Technical Innovations
Model TEC-PD10

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