Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory - Door in Base Ring

Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory - Door in Base Ring
$18,750.00
Item # TT-PD15
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  • The Technical Innovations Pro Dome PD-15 is a complete fifteen foot diameter fiberglass observatory designed for institutional, or group uses or to meet special observing needs.
  • It is designed for stand-alone use with additional wall rings and with special locking mechanisms.
  • The Technical Innovations Pro Dome PD-15 comes with or without a molded semi-door section and includes an electric shutter and electric dome rotation system, with power supply.
  • It will accommodate all but the very largest amateur and professional telescopes with associated equipment, and provides room for group use of the observatory.
  • The Technical Innovations Home Pro Dome PD-15 center height of dome plus base ring is 8' 6".
  • A 15% deposit is required at the time of order.
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Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory

The Technical Innovations Home Dome 15' Observatory is a complete fifteen foot diameter fiberglass observatory designed for institutional, or group uses or to meet special observing needs. Designed for stand-alone use with additional wall rings and with special locking mechanisms. Comes with a 12" high base ring with reverse flange, with or without molded semi-door section. Also includes PD15 electric shutter system, PD15 rotation motor system (4 motor assemblies), and heavy duty power supply. Center height of dome plus base ring is 8' 6".

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The Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory will accommodate all but the very largest amateur and professional telescopes with associated equipment, and provides room for group use of the observatory. The fifteen foot professional observatory dome uses the same proven design as the PD-l0 observatory and is also normally installed on a concrete pad or wooden deck. A unique feature of the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory is the 36" wide semi-door entrance which meets requirements for access by disabled persons.

The Technical Innovations 15' professional observatory dome is made of four quadrants, bolted together along internal flanges. The slot opening is 50" wide, with 24" available past the zenith. The shutter is an up-and-over, two piece, automatic latching system. The shutters nest on the rear of the dome when opened. The PD-15 includes an electric shutter and electric dome rotation system, with power supply. The dome sits on a 12" high base ring, and wall height of the PD-15 can be increased by adding matching 12" high wall rings. Each ring includes a molded door section.

The Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory can be installed at ground level on its own foundation, or can be mounted on a roof-top, tower, or other structure. The dome turns on 48 ball-bearing rollers mounted in the 12" high base ring. The standard Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory will meet all but the most stringent code requirements. Where needed, minor modifications can be made to meet special requirements. The base ring bottom flange (4" wide) will be bolted to your foundation. Assembly time required: two people, three days, with additional people or equipment needed for certain steps.

Weather protection for a Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' 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. It's no wonder nearly 1,500 of Technical Innovations domes are now in use by amateur and professional astronomers around the world, and a great number of them PD15 models.

Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory Features

  • Generous 36" wide semi-door entrance which meets requirements for access by disabled persons.
  • Weather protection 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.
  • The standard PD-15 will meet all but the most stringent code requirements.
  • Can be installed at ground level on its own foundation, or can be mounted on a roof-top, tower, or other structure.
  • A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
  • The shutter is an up-and-over, two piece, automatic latching system.
  • The dome turns on 48 ball-bearing rollers mounted in the 12" high base ring.
  • The shutters nest on the rear of the dome when opened.
  • Where needed, minor modifications can be made to meet special requirements.
Technical Innovations Product Number: PD15

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-PD15
Observatory Shape Round
Diameter or Dimensions 15'
Roof Type Hemispherical Dome
Max Interior Height (") 8' 6"
Construction Material Fiberglass
Manufacturer Technical Innovations
Dome/Roof Movement Electronic
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 Electronic
Height of Shutter Opening 18" past Zenith
Width of Shutter Opening 50"
Number of Shutter Rollers 48
Roller Diameter (") 3"
Dome Wall Thickness (") 3/16" minimum
Force Required to Turn Dome (lb) Electric, 4 drive motors
Force Required to Close Shutters (lb) Electric
Force Required to Open Shutters (lb) Electric
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 650 lb. dome & shutters, 125 lb. wall ring
Warranty Limited Warranty
Reviews

Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

I wish all my purchases were as satisfying as the PRO-DOME. It works flawlessly and is now all spruced up.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by C.F., Connecticut / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
I just wanted to let you all know that my [PD-15] dome installation went very well. It took me a while due to my busy schedule, but everything worked out nicely. I really like your product and I plan on adding your automation products soon.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by D.C., Georgia / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
We use the PD15 with two astronomy classes at our private girls' high school. It was a gift that generates curriculum activities in many classes beyond astronomy. We are also doing classes for local science teachers, for parents and alumnae, and assisting with Project Astro at a local museum.

When we opened the dome in June, 2000, we had 400 visitors, most of whom had never looked through a telescope before. Some guests speculated that we had actually pasted photos on the end of the scope.... The dome is a big attraction to the whole area and generates much excitement.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by B.C., Ohio / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Technical Innovations Pro Dome 15' Observatory:
  • Dome Assembly
  • Electric Shutter Motor
  • Electric Dome Rotation System
  • Molded Door Section
  • Base Ring
  • Power Supply
  • Two Piece Shutter
  • Automatic Latching System
  • Cables
  • Wiring
  • Hardware
  • Instructions
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