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 A 10' Prodome has been set up with all the automation.  The entire operation can be operated local or remotely. ACP2 is used as a hub to couple all the software together and Pinpoint for a digital finder scope. Click on any thumbnail for enlargement.

Observatory

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ProDome Assembly

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Construction of Pad and Pier

Forms erected and Dan checking alignment of everything. Placement of the pad took some thought as not to detract from the flow of the backyard, but to get maximum sky exposure and least amount of light pollution. The scope will track almost the entire ecliptic from east to west horizon in this position.

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Pier foundation and pad are poured.

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Making the Superwedge mount I had two 14"x14" 1/2 inch steel plates cut and drilled to match the base of the Superwedge. The base was not very flat so it was milled at a local machine shop. The T-block had to be reduced to match the milling. Note the diamond cut in the concrete pad for pier isolation.

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Scope Mounted prior to receiving dome.

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Drift Alignment

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Ready to image

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