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SkyShed POD Beta Testers Needed

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#1 SkyShed

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 08:08 AM

A huge THANK YOU to CN forums!

Over the last four years, while developing a new kind of astronomical observatory, we've gleaned substantial information from this and many other astro related groups.

SkyShed POD is aimed at a the needs of a broad spectrum of astronomers. To house and make use of the great equipment discussed in these groups.

SkyShed POD (Personal Observatory Dome) is now on the horizon. We are need of a limited number of Beta Testers. Where better to find them?

Please visit www.skyshedpod.com for more information.

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#2 Stacy

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 03:03 PM

annoying that there is no non-flash version of skyshedpod.com and the menu buttons don't work at skyshed.com .. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 03:14 PM

Moves so slow. Got bored waiting and left.

Why have a 6 mag cable connection if I'm standing around waiting for a Flash movie to play...

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 03:42 PM

This is very exciting news, can't wait for more details...the color choices are interesting indeed.

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 04:58 PM

Nice idea for a webpage, but much too slow; and it looks like it's just a dome.

#6 Rick Needham

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 06:59 PM

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:18 PM

Wayne,
I had the same complaint from someone with a T1 line (the infamous Ash-Dome machine shop). They suggested the scrolling etc. - Basically your web designer has put too much "flash' in your site and most folks don't have the throughput to view it. I meant to tell you a while ago but forgot with all the other things going on. Sorry but your web page designer got carried away with flashy stuff that prevents people enjoying what you have to offer!
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Posted 21 April 2006 - 11:49 PM

Not that the transfer was slow, but the narative was slow! I could type with one finger faster than the narative was comming up... ZZZZzzzzz......

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 12:46 AM

You're right guys. It's slow, but it's fun. The promo site will be replaced with the extremely informative, quick loading site soon. In the meantime, yes, we're having a little fun with you.

Hey we've been waiting 2 years to tell you about it. You can wait 2 minutes to see it, can't you?

Ok here's some useful information for CN members first. Long before we announce it publicly.

POD is 7' wide X 7' 5" tall. It weighs about 220 pounds. It will ship directly from our factory to your door, for a low cost.

It will house most popular SCT's, small refractors and Dobs. Use POD with your favorite pier or tripod.

It's made of DOUBLE WALLED, 2" wide, high density plastic.

POD is constructed of 10 interlocking panels. Has a lockable door and dome.

POD will assemble in about an hour on soil, a deck, on concrete, etc.. POD easily anchors solidly to any base.

Use POD as a permanent observatory or quickly disassemble POD to bring with you to the cottage, a star party, your club's dark sky site. POD is designed to assemble and disassemble very quickly yet still be very strong.

If you don't have property, keep POD stacked in storage and take it up to the cottage once a year for a few weeks. Or leave it in the backyard for year round access if you have the property.

POD comes in many colors. White dome with - green walls, tan walls, gray walls, white walls, and an optional Martian RED version where the entire POD GLOWS night vision RED in the Dark.

POD has optional POD "Bays" (extruded wall panels). The Bays extend the diameter of POD and will universally configure to become Cargo Bays, Storage Bays, Technology Bays, Communication Bays, etc. Up to 5 bays will be able to be added.

The OPENING - Is patent pending. Lets just say - Horizon to Zenith, East to West (if pointed South) viewing!

No chimney effect which is a HUGE PROBLEM in small slotted domes at cold temps, rendering them useless. No need to motorize (that comes in a year or so with "SkyShed AUTO POD", retro fit-able? We can't tell you that yet). With such a large opening you can track an object for hours without having to move the dome.

The dome rotates on 30 wheels housed in divots in the top of the wall.


Surround ventilation between the dome and walls.

As part of ongoing testing POD will be wind tunnel tested in Ottawa.

Already own an ob? POD makes a great addition to your line up. Can you take your current ob with you when you travel?

More features to come, but you'll have to be patient!

In about two weeks we will release our second ad, which will TAKE LONGER TO LOAD than the first one. It will contain all of the features plus animated views of POD.

During the next couple of months we will be beta testing the final product.

After that you will begin to see POD at you local star parties (with our Dealers and as Door Prizes), online, at your favorite astronomy store, on television, hear about it on the radio, at your club meetings, etc..

POD will be featured on numerous international TV shows and we will be working closely with astro clubs (astro club members get a discount, the club gets a donation). For every X number of PODs sold to club members, the club will receive a FREE POD to do with what they wish. Give it away at a star party, raffle it, loan it. As club sales increase so will the number of free PODs to the club.

Become a POD affiliate on your website, we drop ship to the customer, you make a commission.

We are developing an education program with experienced educators that will work with school systems and NASA Outreach.

Shortly after the official launch will be accept free memberships in the "SkyShed Observers Network" (now in the testing phase, SkyShed ownership NOT be a pre requisite), a worldwide network of astronomers with observatories and instant access to each other through a cool web portal. Stake your place in the sky, watch it, report on it, win stuff.

For some time we've been in talks with SETI, The Planetary Society and NASA Outreach in conjunction with the network and educational programs.

Years before others had even dreamt of a plastic dome observatory we were testing, researching and reading all of your posts about equipment and observatories. POD was not developed in weeks or months. It was developed over years based on YOUR thoughts.

The final engineering drawings were not rev 3 or 4, they were Rev 12. For Rev 9 -12 multiple astronomer /engineers, designers and manufacturers were consulted.

The molds and casts were made by the best mold makers in the industry. The manufacturer was chosen because of their EXTREMELY high quality standards, attention to detail and customer service. Many manufacturers were checked out, only one was chosen.

European PODs will be manufactured in Europe by our manufacturer's associated companies there.

Had we gone to Asia for molds and manufacturing your cost would have been lower, so would the quality.

Industry insiders were aware of POD, some of them years ago, and every insider, retailer and dealer that has been part of our research is super pumped about POD. The manufacturers, engineers and designers are all keen to produce the next step in personal astronomy.

There's the tip of the iceberg. That should give you something to chew on for a bit!

Oh yes, I almost forgot, the PRICE. About $1000.00 U.S. Maybe a little more if oil prices continue to rise before we start shipping.

CS!
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PS I didn't get a chance to mention, more giveaways, contests, bonus items. Later...

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 01:06 AM

LOL. I just read your posts about the POD commercial. Hello? It's a commercial, not a website. It goes slowly and has big letters because many of our customers are a little older and like it that way.

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#11 Rick Needham

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 01:08 AM

Wayne,

How wide is the shutter slot opening? Thanks.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 01:12 AM

Thanks for asking Rick.

180 degrees wide by 90 degrees high.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 01:14 AM

Wayne,

Ahh. Now I get it. It's a clamshell of sorts, but like 1/2 a shell, or just 1/2 that pivots to open & close. Thanks :bow:

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 01:26 AM

Well done Rick.

Wayne

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 10:04 AM

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 10:54 AM

So if you were doing some planetary observing you might have...
Venus on the half-shell!
:grin:
Might give you some advertising ideas there! :)
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Posted 22 April 2006 - 11:01 AM

It's nice to see that there will be competition among manufacturers of plastic observatory domes. That should help the consumer.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 04:33 PM

The SkyShed POD website has been updated.

CS!
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 07:59 AM

When will the sky Pods be available?

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 01:59 PM

Thanks for asking Tim. POD will launch this summer.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 02:02 PM

Based on your feedabck we've added a quick link from the POD Main Page to a POD Features and Info List for those who wish to skip the fun and get right to that facts.

You may nedd to refresh your browser to see the latest version of the page at www.skyshedpod.com

CS!
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#22 Chris Schroeder

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 07:26 PM

:waytogo:

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:13 PM

Thanks Wayne. Hope to see it at Starfest in August.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 11:04 PM

if you would like someone in Los Angeles, I'd be interested...
I'm up in the Hills above Hollywood, nr Griffith Observatory.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 01:09 PM

Based on your feedabck we've added a quick link from the POD Main Page to a POD Features and Info List for those who wish to skip the fun and get right to that facts.

You may nedd to refresh your browser to see the latest version of the page at www.skyshedpod.com

CS!
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Hi Wayne,
Please show a picture when the POD is open.
Alex


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