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3M CLAMSHELL OBSERVATORY | SCOPEDOME AUSTRALIA

3M CLAMSHELL OBSERVATORY | AUTOMATION | SCOPEDOME AUSTRALIA ($41,990.00 INC GST)

3m Clamshell Observatory - WHO IS THIS FOR?

The concept of the Clamshell is much different to that of conventional Dome Observatory with rotating shutter aperture that is synchronised to the pointing position of the optical instrument. The Clamshell observatory provides a fixed base with multi-shutter system that when open provides a 360 degree open horizon.  

This is an interesting concept for a number of reasons. The first being that the aperture of the instrument is only confined to the internal geometry of the enclosure. This means you can implement a system that occupies a sphere of operation of about 2600mm in diameter. The Planewave CDK 700 is an example of what can be housed within this 3m Clamshell. 

Alternatively, this system is ideal of dual mounted projects, such as for that of high speed near earth orbit tracking, or where a spotting system resides next to the main imaging system. Or, where a dual system is required of the same instrument size, for example twin 320mm optical systems mount on separate equatorial mounts. 

Features of the 3m Clamshell Observatory:

  • Half height door accessible even whilst observatory is open
  • Shutters system providing smooth and quiet operation
  • Plug and Play wiring system adapted for this dome - so you can be up and running quickly
  • Temperature probe
  • Large open apperture allowing of a single large optic, or multiple smaller mounted systems
  • Optional Humidity sensor available
  • Beautiful aesthetics and finish not only result in an appealing look, but also a device specifically designed to protect your observational equipment from the elements
  • High standards of materials, construction and workmanship, that will meet and surpass competing brand's challenges
  • All our Clamshells are initially assembled and tested at the factory, then dismantled and carefully prepared for transportation.
  • The 3m Clamshell is of a size that typically does not require building permits (but please check this for location and situation - this is your responsibility).

This package consists of:

  • ScopeDome 3m Clamshell
  • Door in side of foward base section for easy access
  • Six Shutter motors for smooth and strong action [No encoder]
  • Automation: Yes - ASCOM Compliant
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MEASUREMENTS:

  • diameter of the dome: 3000 mm
  • Observatory height: 3100 mm
  • Number of shutters: 3
  • Openning time: 80 sec
  • Drive system is made up of dual motors per shutter, six motors in total, each 250w
  • Weight: ~300 kg 
  • Driver Software: ScopeDome Arduino Driver, ASCOM, Windows 10
  • Includes an equipment bay that protrudes externally: 770mm x 350mm x 390mm
  • Door: 770mm x 590mm
  • Single telescope maximum size: Planewave CDK 700 or similar

Pricing is ex-works Keysborough, Victoria, Australia.

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We provide the control system with integrated plug and play wiring, specifically adapted to the 3m Clamshell observatory. This allows you to conveniently connect and run the controller without knowledge of the electrical schematics, and without experience in these types of electrical installations. The plug and play wiring provides connection between the right and left drive systems. Note: this system is 240VAC and requires a licensed electrican to provide this supply.

The ScopeDome controller is designed to work with selected weather stations and cloud sensors:

  • Boltwood Cloud Sensor
  • AAG CloudWeather
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CONSTRUCTION

A detailed assembly manual is provided with in a photo gallery style approach, with many images to assist customers to achieve a successful installation . A minimum of three (3) people with the assistance of a mobile gantry can assemble this dome. Allow for approximately 16 hours for the unpacking through to assembly completion, but this depends entirely upon the mechanical aptitude of the individuals.

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DELIVERY OR PICK UP?

Price of the Clamshell is ex-works Keysborough, Victoria, Australia. Online prices are exclusive of shipping options, as price varies significantly per delivery location. The Clamshell observatory is significantly larger to transport than our 3m dome solution. Typically, an 8m truck with crane, plus 4m trailer is required. We have a specialised direct delivery service that can deliver to most Australian destinations.

Self collection is not recommended for this size observatory, unless you have suitable commerical vehicles to collect and unload the consignment.

For New Zealand customers, we can package the 3m Clamshell to provide an FCL [40ft HiCube] consignment. 

DELIVERY INSURANCE

Please note, this is a very important matter. Once you have collected your dome, or once the dome is loaded to a third party carrier, the dome becomes your responsibility, so we strongly encourage you to consider insuring your investment for the transit. In the case of a thrid party carrier, we can offer a policy that will cover the shipment again minor/ total loss - so the choice is yours. Please very carefully consider this topic.

Address

Unit 14, 24-26 Carrick Drive 
Tullamarine, Victoria 3043
Australia

Contact Us

Phone: +61 (0) 3 9042 2293 


ScopeDome Australia is part of... 
Sidereal Trading Pty Ltd

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