ScopeDome 5.5M observatory dome
You want to know this first:
-- Diameter of the dome: 5500 mm
-- Width of the shutter: 1700 mm
-- Height of the dome: 3800 mm
-- Diameter of the base ring: 5000 mm
-- Height of the base: 1100 mm
-- Fully automatic system for dome rotation
and the shutter
-- Dome weight: 1500 kg (comes on 3 palets)
-- for telescopes up to 50" alt/az
or 30" equatorial mounted
Access door: optional
Steel support system: optional
inner & our stairway: optional
Steel support ring systems: optional
This 5.5M wide observatory dome is made from 6mm glass polyester laminate (GFK), which guarantees complete protection against all environmental influences, simultaneously providing a high level of stability and guaranteed longevity. A proprietary special reinforcement rib system on the inside of shell construction, provides additional rigidness. The water tightness of the dome is warranted by a special design of labyrinth joints and surfaces, that prevent ingress of water or snow in the dome.
A large, "dome-around" air gap in the base ring prevents excessive daytime heating of the interior and easy temperature equalization during nighttime observing, when the dome is open.
The large observing window, with a width of 1m, allows unhindered observing for telescopes with diameters of up to 50 inch alt/AZ and equatorial up to 30". The observing window has been designed in such a way, that an unobstructed view of the zenith is possible.
The dome comes complete with all all necessary motor hardware for dome rotation and shutter window. All control electronics is house in patented watertight cabinets.
The dome electronics are 100% ASCOM compliant and feature standard dome/telescope sync, power management, sensor suite, proprietary software. At wide range of weather stations can be interfaced with the dome's control system to trigger dome safe-mode events. The ScopeDome TCS/OCS system supports remote and robotic operation, worldwide, either cable or satelite based. Ask us!
Due to its weight, extreme dimensions, special requirements and for safety reasons, this dome can only be ordered with our construction service. The 5M dome cannot be safely constructed by the customer. Our experienced team, including a crane and specialized tooling is necessary for the proper and safe construction of this dome.
Both the 4M and 5.5 M domes can not be flush mounted and either need a special concrete ring foundation, or our proprietary steel support structure ring system. Upon ordering ScopeDome GmbH will give all tech info and a support ring design so your local building contractor can pour the foundation.