Has anyone ever built, or seen a commercial product, weatherproof scope and (motorized) mount? I mean leave it outside, rain or shine, without a dome/ROR or any soft coverings?
It looks like the Harvard-Smithsonian Center's MicroObservatory Robotic Telescopes do that. But they appear to have been custom designed about 20+ years ago. I have not found any really detailed construction information on them...or how much they cost to build. It seems like a cool concept...no need to "baby sit" it all night or automate a weather sensing and closing system. And without a structure, the footprint is much smaller.
The most detailed description I found: https://www.research...lication_detail