DRONE CAM VIEDO OF MY DOME
Can be found here >>>
Many thanks to Matt Draper for deftly flying the drone, collecting the imagery, and compiling/editing the show!
I designed and built my 24-foot Geodesic Dome over several years circa 1990
>buy 16-acre ~Upstate New York~ remote rural hill land.... dark sky
>burn down old house and build new
>run 1200 feet 240 VAC to selected site, behind the house, up the hill
>clear several acres of woods from around dome
>turn into a grassy field
>build, install and enjoy 29-inch scope for 25 years
>commission and build 36-inch scope (New Moon Telescopes Structure, Ryan Goodson, with Normand Fullum Technofusion Mirror)
>successfully installed in 2018; spectacularly successful first light; works great!
As you guys already know, that synopsis condenses a tremendous amount of effort, expense and dedication to successfully pull off. I had built myriad scopes and several observatories prior to and subsequent to the 24-foot dome / 36-inch scope. And that's my one prime recommendation to the ambitious builders among us --- start modestly and increment up to the bigger scopes and observatories. There's just no substitute for experience.
Anyway, the dome and scope are fully-operational and the views are indeed spectacular!
PS: Most people are startled that there would be any dark sky or decent observing in New York. But, as the video shows, New York is more than just NYC. "Upstate NY" comprises some sparsely-populated, decently dark hills... And the vegetation, with air flow under the elevated, ventilated domes... frequently delivers good sub arc-sec seeing. Just what you need to pounce on those Little Fuzzies!
Be sure to watch the video! Tom