Originally Posted by h0ughy
how much was the automation? Do you think it would be easy to retrofit an existing dome?
Sit down, take a very deep breath, close your eyes, take a stiff drink.
You are looking at the cost of the dome again! (around 7K for those who haven't bought a dome recently) It doesn't sound so expensive if you have just bought a $50K 5m dome though...
It can be retrofitted I think (there are some sensor activator blocks built into the top shutter and I don't know if they are standard). It doesn't look overly difficult, but measure 10 times drill once. Even better, as the two halves are physically separate, so you could install the dome rotation without the shutter control and get 90% of the bang for half the cost.
When you look at the technology involved, and appreciate that these things have to be hand crafted the cost seems more reasonable. One day I hope to get the cloud/rain sensor to automatically shut the dome, but thats a further US3K
I might as well get into astrophotogtaphy if I want to throw my money away