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1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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Big prime focus telescopes for private or public observatories including installation and full service.

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Robotic instruments for automatic imaging or telescopes for remote observation.

ASA Telescopes

ASA600 with DDM200

ASA600 OTA is the perfect fit for the ASA direct drive mounts with absolute encoders. As all ASA telescopes the ASA600 is equipped with quartz glass optics from ASA.

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Astroshell Domes Overview

AstroShell domes: windows to infinity

 

 Astroshell - 375 Dome

 Astroshell 425 Dome

Astroshell625

 Astroshell675

 

AstroShell domes - the term sounds like an exciting journey into the stars. In fact, it is a fascinating technological concept that opens the doors to astronomy. These special domes are not only of interest to professional astronomers, but also to amateur stargazers and curious space enthusiasts. In this article, we will take a closer look at AstroShell domes and discuss their importance to astronomy and the discovery of the universe.

The basics of AstroShell domes

AstroShell domes are impressive structures usually found in observatories, educational institutions and private estates. Their main function is to protect telescopes and other astronomical instruments from external influences such as weather conditions, light pollution and other disturbances. These domes are often hemispherical and can open to reveal the sky. Once the dome is open, a telescope or other instruments can be placed underneath to observe the sky.

The importance of AstroShell domes for astronomy

AstroShell domes play a crucial role in astronomy for several reasons:

  1. Protection from outside elements: Weather conditions such as rain, snow, fog and wind can significantly affect the visibility of celestial objects. AstroShell domes provide safe protection from these elements, allowing astronomers to work regardless of weather conditions.
  2. Minimise light pollution: In urban areas, light pollution can significantly reduce the visibility of the night sky. AstroShell domes are designed to minimise light intrusion and provide a better view of the night sky.
  3. Stability and precision: The dome design ensures a stable environment for telescopes and other instruments. This allows astronomers to make precise observations and conduct long-term studies without interference.
  4. Efficient research: Observatories and educational institutions use AstroShell domes to conduct scientific studies and astronomical research. These domes make it possible to collect observations over a long period of time and analyse the data thoroughly.
  5. Promoting astronomy: AstroShell domes are not limited to professional applications. More and more amateur astronomers are investing in private domes to pursue their passion and delve deeper into the world of astronomy.

Astroshell Dome with Scope

The importance of AstroShell domes for astronomy

AstroShell domes play a crucial role in astronomy for several reasons:

  1. Protection from outside elements: Weather conditions such as rain, snow, fog and wind can significantly affect the visibility of celestial objects. AstroShell domes provide safe protection from these elements, allowing astronomers to work regardless of weather conditions.
  2. Minimise light pollution: In urban areas, light pollution can significantly reduce the visibility of the night sky. AstroShell domes are designed to minimise light intrusion and provide a better view of the night sky.
  3. Stability and precision: The dome design ensures a stable environment for telescopes and other instruments. This allows astronomers to make precise observations and conduct long-term studies without interference.
  4. Efficient research: Observatories and educational institutions use AstroShell domes to conduct scientific studies and astronomical research. These domes make it possible to collect observations over a long period of time and analyse the data thoroughly.
  5. Promoting astronomy: AstroShell domes are not limited to professional

Future prospects

The technology of AstroShell domes is constantly evolving. Modern domes are equipped with computer-controlled systems that allow the dome to open and close automatically. This facilitates operation and allows remote observations from distant locations.

The importance of AstroShell domes to astronomy is expected to increase in the future as research and discoveries in space progress. These domes will not only help deepen our understanding of the universe, but will also serve to inspire enthusiasm for astronomy in people around the world.

Overall, AstroShell domes are impressive structures that pave the way for fascinating discoveries in space. They provide protection from the elements, minimise light pollution and create a stable environment for astronomy. With their advanced technologies and increasing proliferation, they are undoubtedly windows to infinity that will expand our understanding of the cosmos.

DPU DP Pair1Telescope Dome/Enclosure Control & Automation

The DomeProU is born from the experience of installing our DomePro (first in 2006) and DomePro2 products on hundreds of domes by Ash Manufacturing and others.

DomeProU provides fully automated control of all types of telescope enclosures including: classic domes, clamshell domes and roll-off roof enclosures.

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APM Professional Telescopes

1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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