My project of building a 10 inch dob for the school that I work at is coming to completion. My question is, is a dome observatory really worth pursuing? This scope will be used in an urban seeing with average seeing. Personally I like being under the stars, sipping coffee in he cold evening. So, other than the 'cool' (gimmicky) factor of having the scope under a dome, what real benefits would there be for a scope of this size in this setting?
If I do go with a dome, I assume it would be imperative that it be automated? If I did make it I would think of making it from EPS foam into a geodesic structure, coated inside and out with truck bed liner.
Any thoughts and comments much appreciated.