Technical Innovations Home Dome - 10' Observatory - No Door in Base Ring

Technical Innovations Home Dome - 10' Observatory - No Door in Base Ring
$7,595.00
Item # TT-HD10
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  • The Technical Innovations 10' Home Dome is a complete fiberglass observatory for on-structure use.
  • Accommodates Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians up to 16" diameter.
  • The Technical Innovations 10' Home Dome sits on a 12" high base ring with ball bearing rollers for dome rotation.
  • The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, extending up to zenith and 16" beyond.
  • The Technical Innovations 10' Home Dome incorporates two integral, automatic latches to lock the shutter together for security when closed.
  • A 15% deposit is required at the time of your order.
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Technical Innovations Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome

The Technical Innovations Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome is a complete ten foot diameter fiberglass observatory for on-structure use. Includes dome quadrants (4), rear cover, shutters (2), dome support ring (4 pieces), 12" high base ring (4 pieces), and all hardware (stainless steel bolts, etc.), silicone sealer,and instructions for construction and operation. Center height of dome plus base ring is 6 feet.

Let's learn more about the Technical Innovations HD10 Observatory...

The 10' Home Dome (HD10) has a lower cost than the Professional Dome 10, and is designed primarily for on-structure installation. The HD10 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.


Built to the same high standard of all TI domes, the HDl0 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.

Because no part of the 10' Home Dome 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 HD10 must be securely mounted on a solid support structure. Rectangular and circular skirts often ease the transition to the existing or newly constructed structure. The domes 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. Assembly time required: two people, two days.

Two shutters move up-and-over, 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.

Weather protection 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 Technical Innovations domes are now in use by amateur and professional astronomers around the world, and a great number of them HD10 models!

Technical Innovations Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome Features

  • Weather protection is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate.
  • You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely.
  • 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.
  • Two shutters move up-and-over, 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).
  • A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
Technical Innovations Product Number: HD10

Customer Note: 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!
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU TT-HD10
Observatory Shape Round
Diameter or Dimensions 10'
Roof Type Hemispherical Dome
Max Interior Height (") 6'
Construction Material Fiberglass
Manufacturer Technical Innovations
Dome/Roof Movement Manual with Electronic Optional
Riser Ring or Wall Included? Yes
Height of Riser or Wall 12"
Dome Shutter Design Two Piece Nesting Shutter
Number of Shutters Two
Shutter Operation Manual with Electronic Optional
Height of Shutter Opening 16" past zenith
Width of Shutter Opening 36"
Number of Shutter Rollers 16
Roller Diameter (") 3"
Dome Wall Thickness (") 3/16" minimum
Force Required to Turn Dome (lb) 15 lb.
Force Required to Close Shutters (lb) 25 lb.
Force Required to Open Shutters (lb) 20 lb.
Snow Load (psf) 40 lb.
Wind Load (mph) 110
Interior Color Dark Blue
Exterior Color White
Exterior Surface Treatment White Gel Coat
Total Weight as Supplied Dome & Shutters = 250 lb., Wall Rings = 95 lb.
Warranty Limited Warranty
Reviews

Customer Reviews 10 item(s)

Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
I am enjoying the HOME-DOME a great deal and use it on every clear night....The drive works very well and actually turns the dome better than by hand, probably because of the more even pressure on two sides....Thanks again for a good product. It does everything you said it would.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by R.T., California / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
Absolutely, please do quote me in your customer comments, as I'd whole-heartedly recommend your domes to anyone in the market for one. They are a great product!

In 2001, S.B. moved his dome to a new site and wrote again:
One really appreciates the modular design of your domes when one needs to take it apart for a move. A great thing about reassembling it a second time is that all the bolt holes were already drilled. I want to thank you guys for supplying stainless steel bolts and nuts. I had no problem with freezing of the nuts on the bolts due to corrosion that could occur with zinc bolts and nuts.

Out here at my new site, we get really strong winds, but as I said, I would think only tornado winds would destroy the dome, but then my new house would also be destroyed. Let's hope that never happens!

By the way, I did receive the pack of replacement J-connections for the wind restraint system. Thanks greatly for looking out for your customers.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by S.B., Colorado / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
[This] is a first class outfit. Having put up a couple of previous domes..., I can appreciate the thought that must have gone into the planning of the HOME-DOME. So far as I could tell, no detail was overlooked....
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by L.B.D., Texas / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
I continue to use my Home Dome with much pleasure. My sunspot observation today was the 1477th time I have used it since the first night on April 20, 1996. I count day use as one and night use as one more in my log....

The AAVSO just informed me that I am to receive an Observer Award for my contributions to the Solar Division. Without your Home Dome this would not have happened. Having the telescope ready to go has allowed me to observe the Sun each clear day.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by R.P.B., California / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
I bought a 10 Home Dome last year and it is functioning like a charm. I placed it on circular farm silo concrete bricks, about 5 feet high. I have the outside covered with cedar siding painted the color of my house. Planted roses and chives around perimeter. Looks nice and crisp... just like having a mini-Mt. Palomar in the yard next to the pond. Thanks again for a wonderful product. People just marvel when they get inside and watch all the gadgetry.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by W.H., Minnesota / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
I am writing to let you see another example of my completed HD10 dome. I love it. You most certainly can provide a link to my web site, and I will offer as much help to others as I can.

I just got the dome up Friday. It is fabulous. I have been on pins and needles working on it this week... but now that its up I am impressed with the value of what I have. My new HD150 mount and 10 inch optimized Newtonian also arrived... and the dome and this scope look as if they were made for one another.

For those with a permanent site this choice definitely is an alternative to purchasing a more portable scope such as a Richey Chreiten. My dome and Newtonian are about the same cost as one of these portable systems, only it is more convenient to use.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by M.C., Wisconsin / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
This observatory is the culmination of a year of web searches and advice from other observatory owners and technical experts. Part of the search for the best, of course, included the dome. The dome partly determines the design of the observatory and after thoroughly researching what others had to offer, it became clear that Technical Innovations could not be beat. This observatory has a 10 ft Technical Innovations Home Dome mounted at one end and the experience has been totally phenomenal! Photos taken with the centrally mounted 10 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope are crystal clear. There is no need to be concerned about wind gusts that would normally shake the telescope. Neither is there a need to purchase a dew shield, because the dome even protects against most dew accumulation. With the dome's clear 360 degree view, my wife and I have introduced many scouting organizations to the wonders of the night sky. There have been no disappointments ... ever. Building the observatory was my hobby for a while but now my hobby is pure, tremendously enjoyable, amateur astronomy ... and sharing what I have. If anyone wants observatory plans and/or construction tips, I would be more than happy to share.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by J.L. Virginia / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
I hold the record for the most number of Home-Dome’s purchased and built (3 by one individual. I have been an amateur astronomer for over 10 years and worked my way up through larger scopes until I needed a permanent home for my LX200-14” While I try photography and enjoy the amazing views, I also enjoy working with the technology. Somehow a roll-off roof just was not the experience of the professionals that I wanted. But, due to changes in my work and the decision to relocate I found myself having to leave my observatory behind. Determined and undaunted I persisted in building yet another and finally another. I wouldn’t be without one – period. The quality, flexibility and functionality of the Home-Dome is an amazing thing. It provides the full experience provided to professionals on the mountains of Hawaii all in my own back yard. In each case, my needs and challenges for building construction varied as all three were different designs. Regardless of my needs, I was most impressed with the availability, cooperation and assistance from Technical Innovations. Their professionalism and concern for a successful operation is unparalleled by any vender in any industry. Their service doesn’t end when the product leaves the shop nor when you’ve completed your construction nor ever from what I can tell. I know I could call tomorrow with even a casual discussion of some hair-brained scheme and count on Technical Innovations to help me work it out and turn it into something real. I intend to have a Home-Dome for the rest of my life.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Dr. J.G. Texas / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
We purchased a home dome 5 years ago and have incorporated it into our Montessori school. As you can see the school was build around the dome. It is a central feature to our school.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by G. B., Wisconsin / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome
I'm thinking of automating the HD-10 I have. After many years [since 1993], your dome is still going strong. No leaks, never a wind problem. I'm redoing the mount and telescope this winter.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by B.P., New Jersey / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Technical Innovations Home Dome - Ten Foot Observatory Dome Package:
  • 4-Dome Quadrants
  • Rear Cover
  • 2-Shutters
  • Dome Support Ring (4 Pieces)
  • 12" High Base Ring (4 Pieces)
  • Hardware
  • Silicone Sealer
  • Instructions
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