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Anyone using a Nexdome as a Remote Observatory?

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#1 Lightpath

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:28 PM

Hey all, I've been noodling on different ideas of how to put together a remote observatory.  One of the very strong contenders for an observatory that can be put together fairly straightforwardly (and then years from now be disassembled and moved) is the Nexdome. 

 

Does anyone use one of these domes remotely, and if so what problems have you run into?  If you had to do it again would you go with a different vendor?

 

all in all the Nexdome looks like a good some-assembly-required option, and looks to be a fair bit less expensive than other options, even after adding in the automation addons.

 

The site it'll be on has someone living on it year round that is willing to help whenever needed, so I'm not concerned too much with complete breakdown-  Just with how twitchy it is.  For example-  If you are using a Nexdome in your back yard how often do you have to go out and diddle with it for one reason or another?  Does it need constant tweaking or is it pretty solid?

 

The software I'll be using with it is SGP and/or TheSkyX Pro.  My scope is a little on the big side though, a 130mm refractor, so that may have to be downsized.

 

Thanks very much!




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