Received my Explora-Dome
Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:57 PM
Let me know if you have questions or comments.
Posted 18 June 2011 - 06:11 PM
Posted 19 June 2011 - 07:17 AM
IF you are as happy as I have been with my ED you will be thrilled... Mine is on a 10 x 10 base closing in on 5 full years of usage and absolutely not a thing has required any attention since its first light EXCEPT to wash the dome every year or so...
Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:36 PM
Posted 03 July 2011 - 09:58 AM
I just built the platform for the dome. I attached a picture and updated my site.
Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:20 AM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:16 PM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 09:45 PM
Eric, I have been looking at these. Are you doing the 8' x 8' round or 8' x 10' round? Have you used there plans for the foundation? If so, how does the bottom ring align with it? Joe
It is the 8' round building. I am not aware of plans for the foundation, so I designed one. The platform needs to be approximately 92 inches in diameter; the Explora-Dome instructions recommend measuring the top ring before installing the bottom ring to ensure they are the same size.
I am adding files to my website which document the observatory construction and other topics as well. I attached some drawings of the platform and the thermal management approach I am contemplating is heat is an issue.
I will post more once I install the walls and confirm the platform is adequate.
Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:45 PM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 10:31 AM
1. The pilot holes in the top ring did not match the holes in the aluminum brackets for the wheels. This was easily fixed by redrilling the holes.
2. The bottom ring halves were not the same length, and by following the assembly instructions this resulted in the door not being centered with the platform as planned.
3. One of the power cables connecting the automation control boxes to the batteries had reversed polarity, which resulted in the destruction of some of the components in the azimuth control box. I am in the process of obtaining a replacement box and cable.
While I wait for a new azimuth box, I will verify what thermal management features I need to implement in order to keep the temperature down during the day and to bring the dome temperature close to ambient air temperature at night.
Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:00 AM
Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:17 PM
I'd be interested in some pictures of the inside too.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:08 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:20 PM
Basically, I've been busy building and testing, not imaging.
I attached an image to this post of the scope inside the dome and I included many more pictures on my site if you are interested.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:57 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:54 AM
What all issues did you have with the automation? I'm building my own dome and will be automating it...just wondering what pitfalls to avoid.
Nice looking dome and setup!
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:05 PM
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