I am getting closer and closer to where I will (hope to) be ordering a Nexdome for my backyard. I have a number of pre-ordering questions to ask so I know what I am getting myself into.
1.) I had intended to build a basic deck. Is this advisable, necessary, other options? Would large paver stones be an option, then bolt the Nexdome to a few of the pavers? I can get a 16"x16" paver stone for $4.
2.) I do not anticipate I will be able to have an underground power line run by this winter. Advise on running power extension cords 20-30' in the winter? Should I try to protect it somewhat, or just plan on rolling it out on the nights I would image?
3.) I fully intended to just use my mount's tripod, I did not see where the added expense of a pier + installation + frustration would buy me that much more. BUT if I did decide to through in a pier at some point, are the quick setting cement mixes used most often for fence posts an option or would I need a true to form real cement mix. This would just be holding a telescope mount, not supporting my deck after all.
4.) A question for the non-DYI/non-techno gadget build it yourself types. How difficult/complicated was it to fully setup and automate your dome? Both shudder and rotation, aligning these to your scope, etc.? Kind of making the whacky assumption that the dome should be positioned same as mount and coordinate rotation and such.
5.) I live in Minnesota, which in January/February can be quite miserably cold. I know Losmandy promotes their mounts being able to operate in cold temperatures. But I would have to think the cold has to have some negative effects; ZWO camera, mini-PC, telescope, Pegasus powerbox, etc. So it begs the question, should I also look at have some sort of minimal heating within the dome, something to just warm it some? So if it is -10F, maybe bring it to 5F. Better question, is their a temperature limit I should look to avoid?