The ScopeDome 3M v.3.0 is the latest version of the 3M dome that has been produced for over 5 years. After manufacturing over 250 domes it was decided to implement some improvements following customer experience and remarks. The most important new features are:
Door in the dome side panel
A redesigned shutter and dome drive system
New shutter power system allowing its opening and closing at any position
Wider view around the zenith
Improved shutter and rotary drives sealing system
Easier and faster installation of the dome
Improved aesthetics and a new color pattern of the dome
The observatory also benefits from large scale production and being designed and made using CAD and CNC technology. It therefore has a very high level of finish with tight tolerences ensuring the dome and shutter operates smoothly unlike lower cost domes which can distort and stick.
Even with this high level of build quality, all ScopeDome Observatories are initially assembled and tested in the factory and then dismantled and carefully prepared for transportation. This removes the possibility of issues being found on site during installation.
A further benefit of ScopeDomes modern manufacturing process is the ability to choose a wide range of colours for your dome if desired or needed. A large object like a dome observatory can be an annoyance to a neighbour or local authorities if left in plain white. Therefore the whole range of colours shown in the RAL chart in the images are available at a small extra charge.
The basic version of the 3M is fully manual and excludes a door, therefore entrance is via the shutter opening. Please see the options list for adding extra features such as a door, motorisation etc.
Motorisation. Key to fully automating a Dome based observatory is motorisation of the Dome and Shutter. Either option is available and can be supplied in either component form or fully assembled for Plug and Play. The motor system for the ScopeDome 3M is fully ASCOM compatible. Unlike lower cost observatories, a ScopeDome does not rely on solar panels and batteries to power the shutter motor. Instead it has a fully integrated slip ring that keeps all the electronics internal. This is not only much neater but also protects these items from the weather.
The Automation System is very comprehensive and in addition to being operable via your PC / ASCOM, it can respond to information from weather stations and even provide an automated heating system.
A link to the Installation Manual for the Observatory is provided above. Please see the 'Product Data Sheet' link above the 'Add to Shopping Basket' button. Costs for the individual items are shown in the variations.
The costs of shipping and installation (if required) are not included. Please contact us for details and we will be happy to provide a quotation for shipping.