The Pro-Dome model PD10 is a complete ten foot diameter fiberglass observatory for standalone use. It includes four dome quadrants, rear cover, shutters, dome support ring, 12" high base ring (with or without molded semi-door section), locking hardware, stainless steel assembly hardware, caulk, and instructions. The optional ten foot diameter, 12" high Wall Ring (WR10) matches the PD10 base ring. One or more wall rings may be stacked to increase wall height of PD10. Includes molded semi-door section and hardware.
Electric motors for shutter operation and rotation are available for all domes. All motors are 12 VDC and can be added at any time to the dome. For robotic operation, the Digital Dome Works (DDW) option provides a computer based automation system which allows you to open and close the shutter and control the dome azimuth so that it matches the telescope position.
Dome Diameter: 10' (3.049 meters)
Base Ring Diameter: 9' 11" (3.023 meters)
Base Ring Height: 12" (0.305 meters)
Wall Ring Height: 12" (0.305 meters)
Door Opening: 19" (0.483 meters)
Height at Center: 6' (1.829 meters); add 12" for each wall ring
Slot Width: 36"
Slot Past Zenith: 16" (0.914 meters)
Structure Weight: 310 lbs (140.6 kg); add 95 lbs (43.1 kg) for each wall ring
Crate Size: 90" x 80" x 50"
Crate Weight: 850 lb - 1,000 lb (0 to 3 wall rings)
Preassembly: The dome is completely constructed, with all accessories (except rectangular/circular skirts), and then put through a complete series of "working observatory" tests. When disassembled for crating, as many parts as possible are left in place and seams are carefully marked. Walls can be crated in "stacks" rather than individual ring sections. Observatory Solutions provides detailed reassembly instructions with the preassembly option.
Custom Exterior Colors: The dome exterior is color matched from a sample you provide. The color pigment is in the material and not a coating. Fire retardant can be added for additional protection in fire danger areas.
Wall Ring: Ten foot diameter wall ring, 12" high, matches the base ring. Six pieces with semi-molded door. One or more wall rings may be stacked to increase wall height.
Electric Shutter Drive: Electric Shutter Drive for the 10 foot domes, utilizing a 12vDC motors assembly with windlass shaft and stainless steel cables for opening and closing the shutter. Includes a "sliding contact" system for power transfer, all pulleys and hardware, and electrical power wires. Can be added at any time.
Electric Dome Drive: Electric Dome Drive for the 10 foot domes, utilizing two 12vDC motor assemblies. The system is "friction drive" with direct contact with the DSR underside. Includes two motor assemblies, all hardware, and electrical power wires. Can easily be added at any time.
Power Supply: A 12vDC 15A Power Supply with built-in key switch and two toggle switches for the ED10 Electric Dome Drive and ES10 Electric Shutter Drive. Comes in either 110vAC or 220vAC input. Inquire about special international plug configurations.
Digital Dome Works: A computer based automation system which allows you to open and close the shutter, and control the dome azimuth so that it matches the telescope position.