A Tale of Two Observatories
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:22 AM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:03 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:26 PM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:48 PM
My yard is ringed with trees and other obstructions, so zenith is a big part of my available sky. I had hoped that by offsetting the pier from center that my GEM-mounted C11 would be able to look "around" the overhanging dome, but it did not work out that way. My solution was to home-brew a platform out of dimensional lumber that mimics the PZT, complete with Quick Release brackets from Skyshed. Even with the few extra minutes to reposition the dome my setup and teardown time is a tiny fraction of the time I was spending carting gear up and down my basement stairs. This dome is the single best accessory I own for getting me time at the eyepiece.
I cannot argue that the POD provides the same level of protection from light and weather as the Explora-dome. But I like the open air feel of the Pod - it's everything I enjoyed about observing without an obs, minus the drudgery of setup and teardown. Color me happy!