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Technical Innovations Pro Dome - 10' Observatory - Door in Base Ring

Item # TT-PD10

Availability: Special Order

$8,395.00
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Quick Overview

  • The Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory is a complete ten foot diameter fiberglass observatory designed primarily for stand-alone installations.
  • The PD10 can accommodate Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians up to 16" diameter.
  • The Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory has added features such as a molded semi-door section to allow full height entrance; additional rollers; and soffit to meet the most extreme wind/snow conditions; and a key operated, custom dead-bolt lock for security.
  • The package includes dome quadrants, rear cover, shutters, dome support ring, base ring (with or with out molded semi door section), special locking hardware,f ittings, silicone sealer, and instructions for construction and operation.
  • With the Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory you can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely!
  • A 15% deposit is required at the time of your order.

Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory

What is a Pro-Dome? Try a complete ten foot diameter fiberglass observatory designed primarily for stand-alone installations. The package includes dome quadrants (4), rear cover, shutters (2), dome support ring (4 pieces), 12" high base ring (6 or 4 pieces - with or with out molded semi door section), special locking hardware, special fittings, all hardware (stainless steel bolts, etc.), silicone sealer, and instructions for construction and operation. Center height of dome plus base ring is 6 feet. Are you ready to learn more? Then let's step inside...

The Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome (PDl0) is normally a stand-alone dome, mounted onto a concrete pad or even a wooden deck. The PD10 can accommodate most Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians (on German Equatorials) up to 16" diameter. Large yoke-mounted Newtonians may require a larger dome or an off-center telescope mount. Image how you could put "space" to use in a Pro Dome of your own!

Built to the same high standard of all TI domes, the PDl0 has a 5' high dome made of two pairs of "quadrants" bolted together along internal flanges. The dome sits on a 12" high base ring that incorporates the ball bearing rollers for dome rotation. A reverse flange at the top of the base ring covers the roller area and keeps the dome safe from wind. The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, extending up to zenith and 16" beyond. Two shutters open by sliding up and over the dome, then nest together outside the rear cover. As in all Technical Innovations observatories, two integral, automatic latches lock the shutter together for security when closed.

The Pro Dome 10' observatory includes these added features: a molded semi-door section to allow full height entrance; additional rollers; and soffit to meet the most extreme wind/snow conditions; and a key operated, custom dead-bolt lock for security. Wall height of the PDl0 can be increased by adding matching 12" high wall rings, each with a molded door section. Because no part of the PD10 weighs more than about 45 lb, it is easy to assemble without use of cranes, even on top of high structures. As with our other dome designs, the PDl0 must be mounted on a foundation or other solid support structure. Assembly time required: two people, two days.

Two shutters move up-and-over on the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open. This patented design makes the full shutter opening available to the astronomer (and assists in sky orientation for students). The dome turns easily on hard rubber, ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring. You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely. By stacking modular wall rings, walls of any height can be assembled to match your telescope and pier height. Three wall rings maximizes the usable space inside the observatory as you have nearly 6 feet clearance right against the wall. It offers a full height entrance door (using the slot opening as part of the doorway) allowing access without duck-under doors or high walls.

The Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory use bolt-together construction. Assembly requires alignment of parts, measuring and drilling bolt holes, and use of common hand and power tools. Larger holes, for rollers and latches, are cut and finished at the factory. Typically, domes are assembled in place by two or three persons, without cranes or special equipment. The PD10 ten foot diameter domes are installed at homes, schools, colleges, museums and research sites. Observers place them on concrete pads, wooden towers, decks, rooftops, and on custom structures.

Weather protection on the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate. Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins. A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation. Nearly 1,500 of Technical Innovation domes are now in use by amateur and professional astronomers around the world, with the PD10 being the single most popular model.

Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory Features...

  • A reverse flange at the top of the base ring covers the roller area and keeps the dome safe from wind.
  • Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins.
  • The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, extending up to zenith and 16" beyond.
  • By stacking modular wall rings, walls of any height can be assembled to match your telescope and pier height.
  • Two shutters move up-and-over on the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open.
  • A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
  • It offers a full height entrance door (using the slot opening as part of the doorway) allowing access without duck-under doors or high walls.
  • Two integral, automatic latches lock the shutter together for security when closed.
  • Weather protection is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate.
  • Three wall rings maximizes the usable space inside the observatory as you have nearly 6 feet clearance right against the wall.
Technical Innovations Product Number: PD10

Customer Note: The PD10 (with 1-3 wall rings) crate is 90” long by 80” wide by 50” high and weighs about 1,000 pounds. Because Technical Innovations Observatories are a highly specialized product that will be shipped directly from the manufacturer, it would be next to impossible for us to give you even a rough estimate of shipping costs for both domestic and international orders via our on-line calculator. For that reason, we've included special information on both packaging and shipping. If you decide to purchase an observatory, you will be given full shipping and packing charges at the time of your purchase - or you may feel free to email our professional sales staff at any time for further estimates. OPT has also put together several telescope, computer controlled mount and imaging packages to accompany your Technical Innovations Observatory. Thank you!
SKU TT-PD10
Manufacturer Technical Innovations
Warranty Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Known to FIt: ProDome 10'
  • 10' Pro Dome Observatory Package:
  • 4 - Dome Quadrants
  • Rear Cover
  • 2 - Shutters
  • Dome Support Ring (4 pieces)
  • 12" High Base Ring (6 or 4 pieces - with or with out molded semi door section)
  • Special Locking Hardware
  • Special Fittings
  • All Hardware (stainless steel bolts, etc.)
  • Silicone Sealer
  • Instructions for Construction and Operation

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