Explora Dome 8' Observatory Dome on 10' x 10' Aluminum Building with Door

Explora Dome 8' Observatory Dome on 10' x 10' Aluminum Building with Door
Item # PD-EDBLD1050
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  • This 8' Explora Dome comes with a 10' x 10' framed aluminum building and a heavy-duty steel door with deadbolt lock. It is ready to assemble and install on a user-supplied floor.
  • The maximum height of this Explora Dome Observatory is 9' 8".
  • Polydome constructs their Explora Dome observatory from one piece of UV stabilized polyethylene for a no-maintenance, impact resistant dome that is built to last!
  • Explora Domes have a two-door shutter system that is 27" wide - the lower door flips open and the upper glides back to reveal the stars to 10" past zenith.
  • The 10 x 10-foot building is easy to assemble. The framed aluminum siding, aluminum door frame, and pre-hung door made with 24-gague galvanized smooth steel panels add up to an observatory that will give you pleasure for years to come.


Explora Dome 8' Observatory Dome
on 10' x 10' Building with Steel Door

Why an Explora Dome?

Have you dreamed of your own observatory but felt it was completely out of your reach? Observatory domes can be prohibitively expensive, and often fall into the “when I win the lottery” category of dream acquisitions. Not so with the Explora Dome! The folks at Polydome have made the dream of your very own observatory within reach of most amateur astronomers by offering a well-made, fairly lightweight dome on a 10' x 10' framed aluminum building that can be tricked out as little or as much as you want; right away or over a period of time. This allows you to add other features, like automated dome rotation or shutter movement as your budget allows.

The dome portion of the Explora-Dome 8' Observatory is roto-molded as a one piece-unit from UV-stabilized polyethylene that is a minimum of 1/4” thick. This material was chosen for many reasons. It is much less expensive than constructing a dome of fiberglass, and has better impact resistance than aluminum, steel, or fiberglass. This knowledge means you will feel much more secure when it starts to hail outside! Speaking of weather, snow and ice will have a tendency to slide off of the dome due to the slick polyethylene surface (its similar to Teflon). Add the fact that the dome is made of one piece of material and you have an observatory dome that will hold up to all kinds of weather.

The Explora Dome has a two-door shutter system. This system is visually documented in the additional images section. The lower shutter flips open and the upper shutter slides back to display the stars overhead. Automation is available optionally for the shutter, as well as for dome rotation.

About this Explora Dome 10' x 10' x 8' Observatory - EDBLD1050

The RBBLD1050 ExploraDome 10 X 10-foot building with a 8' high observatory dome mounts to a user-supplied floor. Besides the dome, which is described above, this package includes the components to assemble a 10' x 10' square aluminum building and the materials necessary to attach the dome to the building itself. The 10' X10' square building frame is made of 1-1/2” aluminum square tubing for overall strength and light weight. There is a tube running around the entire base of the building for ease of mounting the building to your floor, deck, or concrete pad. The roof support is made of 1-1/2“ X 3" aluminum rectangle tubes and is covered by plastic roof panels.

Explora-Dome Door Construction

  • Pre-hung four-way universal swing entry door
  • 24 gauge hot dipped galvanized smooth steel 1-3/4” panels
  • Panel strengthened with extruded aluminum reinforcing blocks at entry lock
  • Master Frame weatherstripped with woven polypropylene pile
  • Pressure injected with 2.2 pounds of polyurethane foam per cubic foot
  • R-12 insulation value
  • Extruded aluminum re-blocks for lock
  • White and brown panels and jambs
  • Rolled edge door panel
  • Two coats of polyester paint for a durable and long lasting finish
  • Door is mounted to the frame by three 12-gauge steel, 4-1/2" x 4" fixed pin hinges
  • Hinges zinc plated for rust resistance
  • Designed for steel, masonry and wood construction
Additional Information

Additional Information

Observatory Shape Square
Diameter or Dimensions 10' x 10' x 8'
Roof Type Hemispherical Dome
Max Interior Height (") 9' 8"
Construction Material Polyethylene Dome, Aluminum Building
Manufacturer Explora-Dome
Dome/Roof Movement Manual with Electronic Optional
Riser Ring or Wall Included? No
Dome Shutter Design Slide/Flip Combo
Number of Shutters One
Shutter Operation Manual with Electronic Optional
Height of Shutter Opening 10" past zenith
Width of Shutter Opening 27"
Minimum Interior Height (ft.) 4' 4"
Dome Wall Thickness (") 1/4" minimum
Interior Color Black
Exterior Color White
Total Weight as Supplied 390 lb.
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Product Questions

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