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#1 dobsoscope

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:47 AM

Dear all, I would be interested in knowing how you diy'd your dome shutters, how do you prevent it from falling off/flying away once it is opened?
I am refering to the DIY plywood domes only not the premoulded fibreglass ones.
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:28 AM

see Ron's ply dome :grin:

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:59 PM

cannot see what keeps it in place once opened/?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:07 PM

any further ideas?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:46 PM

I posted a similar question a while back:
http://www.cloudynig...bservatory/N...

I really like the I beam method although for the size dome I'm attempting to build it's probably not viable.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:28 AM

Still working on the project, so can't show finished photos yet. The tracks are rolled C-channel. Door will be 14' long. Tracks bolt to both sides of shutter opening. Eight wheels ride in the tracks. They will keep the shutter from lifting and limit movement side-to-side. A standard garage door opener will be used to open and close.

A friend has built eight domes so far, and uses similar methods.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:30 AM

The 32 foot long tracks will be mount along the dome opening and back over the back of the dome. They will be mounted when the fiberglassing is completed.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:41 AM

Wow! Tom, that's going to be a beauty! How large is it, and what scope(s) will reside in it?

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:28 PM

Wow! Tom, that's going to be a beauty! How large is it, and what scope(s) will reside in it?


Hi Carol,

The thread has been running here for a few months.

It is our new 24' dome for our 42" Dob. It is being built under fabulous skies north of Deming, NM, .

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