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Baader Slit Domes – Advanced
Observatory domes with broad up- and over-shutter and that can be controlled remotely, sized from 2.1 to 8.5 meters in diameter. They can be in sync with your remote / robotic telescope setup, with endless rotation, horizontal flap movement, and are fully ASCOM and INDIGO compatible – or via dedicated API.
Advanced Slit Domes are used by a variety of users and can fit medium to large telescope setups that have up to 2000 mm aperture.
Baader Advanced Slit-Domes are available in sizes: 3.2 m, 4.2 m, 5.3 m, 6.15 m and 8.5 m
- Astronomy / Astrophotography
- Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR)
- Space Domain Awareness (SDA)
- Free-Space Optical Communication (FSOC)
All Baader Slit Dome models include
Installation Performed by Baader personnel at the customer site Warranty 2 years warranty for all electronic and electric components 10 years warranty for outer dome skin and dome mechanics We warrant for 200km/h wind speed to achieve undeteriorated performance and protection of the dome interior, with the dome being closed and in parking position Fail-safe Features Hand crank system to close dome in case of power failure Ready for Emergency Weather Station (required for remote operation)
Required for all Baader Slit Domes:
Either short cylinder (A) or cylindrical base (B)
The short cylinder is the interface between the dome and the structure is it to be installed on. The cylindrical base is another option that can be incorporated to maximize the interior of an observatory.
Built as a self-contained structure made of Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester (FRP) with dual slit arches that is mounted on a precision laser cut steel ring, an up and over shutter, and a horizontal flap.
Endless dome rotation
Supplied with a Continuous Power Bar (CPB) enabling endless dome rotation and permanent remote control of the shutter and horizontal flap.
ENVIRONMENTAL & VARMINT PROTECTION
Protecting your system is critical for the functionality and longevity of the housed equipment, hence, silicone seals are used to mitigate the entry of unwanted particles and varmint.
Automated Dome Control
An electronical controller with an interface that enables the end-user to control the dome locally with a hand control unit and remotely via direct drivers, API, ASCOM or INDIGO.
The inner surface of the dome is coated with a non-reflective paint to mitigate stray light from affecting data collection and avoid hotspots to form during daytime operation.
Emergency Weather Station
A component that is hardwired to the control sub-system which commands the dome to close in case of precipitation or high wind speeds.
Highspeed Dome Rotation
For advanced applications that require high speed tracking, this geared toothed wheel drive with high dynamic motors enables dome rotation speeds of up to 30°/second.
For daytime operations, the roll-up shutter lessens solar radiation and thermal hot spots to form inside the dome.
Professional Weather Station
If additional environmental situational awareness is desired for the observatory, a weather station that includes multiple sensors for weather data monitoring and logging.
Advanced performance upgrades
Structural upgrades and additional equipment can be added for the dome and equipment to survive environmental conditions with temperatures down to -20° C, wind loads of =250km/h, and sites that are prone to lightning strikes.
For customers that desire mechanical through-holes with flanges and holders for electronic equipment.
UNINTERRUPTED POWER SUPPLY
Another fail-safe feature that is incorporated and only utilized for the dome to ensure self-closure in case there is a power failure.
DOME INTERIOR LIGHTING
Downward-radiating wall lights can be provided in red and white light which can be separately controllable and dimmable.
LOCAL SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
An indoor and outdoor camera can be supplied to provide awareness of the status of your observatory.
AIR DRYING SYSTEM
Depending on your site’s age and location, an air dehumidifier is recommended to control moisture levels and create overpressure inside the dome.
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