I am looking at buying a winter home (in dark skies). It comes with an Ash Dome (I believe 16.5') The concrete pier (36") is not in the center of the dome. It was offset to accommodate a 24" telescope and its mount (see drawing attached). With the offset of the large mount the telescope was in the center. I have a much more modest mount and telescope.
The dome is automated, although it hasn't been operated in about 9 years. I am hoping that I could mount my SB Paramount MX+ on the pier with my 130mm refractor scope and somehow it would all work -- but I have no basis for that "hope".
I could get a large plate, bolt it down to the existing pier plate and cantilever the plate such that my MX+ would be centered in the dome. If I could avoid this it would make life simpler (maybe). I was never good with trig or geometry so I am having a problem visualizing how such an offset would affect the ability of the dome and scope to rotate and track in synch. Any comments, Ideas, or questions would be very welcomed.