The Pro-Dome PD6 model is a complete six foot diameter fiberglass observatory for standalone use. It includes dome halves, rear cover, shutters, dome support ring, 45" high wall, molded full height entrance door, stainless steel assembly hardware, caulk, and instructions. Up to three (3) Computer Cubbies (CC6) can be added to increases dome floor area by providing a recess into the dome wall for working with your computer or notes. The cubbie size is 30" wide, 16" deep, and 40" high. Each cubbie replaces a wall section of the PD6.
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: 6' 2" (1.880 meters)
Base Ring Diameter: 6' (1.829 meters)
Base Ring Height: 45" (1.143 meters)
Height at Center: 6' 10" (2.083 meters)
Door Opening: 19" (0.483 meters)
Slot Width: 30" (0.762 meters)
Slot Past Zenith: 12" (0.305 meters)
Structure Weight: 200 lbs (90.7 kg)
Crate Size: 85" x 49" x 47"
Crate Weight: 700 lb
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.
Computer Cubbie: Increases dome floor area by providing a recess into the dome wall for working with your computer or notes. Size is 30" wide, 16" deep, and 40" high. The computer cubbie can be molded into any (or all) of the three 45" high wall sections making up the PD6 observatory. Order 1, 2, or 3 cubbies, and tell us the preferred location on the wall.
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 10A 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.