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Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome
Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome
Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome
Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome
Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome
Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome

Explora Dome - 8FT. Observatory Dome

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    Estimated Arrival: Between May 14 and May 26. *ETA to USA Only

    The Exploradome I by PolyDome is an 8ft. diameter home observatory dome made in the USA. The perfect size for smaller locations or backyard astronomers in search of a professional level dome. A bright white exterior reflects light to minimize heat from building up inside the observatory while a flat black interior minimizes glare and spurious light reflections. Available in a wide variety of configurations including a dome only with or without buildings. White glove freight delivery to the 48 states, Explora Dome will ensure that every piece arrives in perfect condition.

    Explora Dome I Observatory Dome

    The Exploradome home observatory dome is constructed of durable fiber glass with blackened interiors and bright white exteriors to help manage light and heat.  These solid body domes are a single piece with overlapping shutter seams for maximum weather resistance and can be configured in numerous ways to fit your needs.  The Explora Dome I is an 8 foot diameter dome with a shutter opening that extends well past Zenith. The compact size of this dome is large enough to accommodate a wide range of common systems but small enough to be at home in a backyard or hard to access areas where space is at a premium.  The shutter door is covered by two vertical sliding doors that overlap one another to improve weather resistance and is supported by two vertical aluminum arches and a cross support to maintain a round dome top with years and years of use.  The dome with basic ring set weighs 220 pounds make it easy to handle and install.  The interior is a flat black finish while the exterior is a bright white. This helps manage interior heat of the dome while reducing glare and spurious light. 

    Below are each of the configurations available.  If there is a configuration you do not see but are curious about, please contact us and we'll happy to create the configuration you want. 

    Explora Dome I Observatory Dome Only - ED-62BLDDOME

    The dome only includes the 8ft. dome, deluxe wheel kit, brush seal and 8" tall mounting ring.  The dome weighs 220 pounds, factoring in all included items. 

    Explora Dome I Observatory Dome with 8ft. Round Building - ED-RBBLD-8

    This dome includes everything the dome only includes plus an 8ft. diameter, round building with steel siding, a 60" steel door and 68" tall walls with no floor. The dome with round building weighs 380 pounds.  

    Explora Dome I Observatory Dome with 10.6ft. Round Building - RBBLD-1060

    This dome includes everything the dome only includes plus a 10.6 ft. diameter round building and a 60" steel door.  There is no floor included with this package.  This package weighs 440 pounds.  

    Explora Dome I Observatory Dome with 12ft. Square Building - EDBLD-1060

    This dome includes everything the dome only includes plus a 10x10ft. square aluminum building with steel siding, a 60" steel door and 68" tall walls with no floor.  The dome with square building weighs 390 pounds. 

    There are a variety of options that you can on to help increase dome function and achieve full dome automation.  

    Dome Rotation Kit - Manual - AM-0188

    The dome rotation kit includes rotation track and drive gear with necessary hardware.  This solution is for total manual control over dome rotation, ideal for situations where the dome edge is within easy reach and power supply is limited. Weighs 8 pounds.

    Dome Rotation Motor Kit - AM-0160

    This dome rotation kit includes all necessary mounting brackets and hardware plus an 11 RPM 12V motor and battery with cabling. Controller is not included in this rotation package.  Weighs 13 pounds.

    Dome Rotation Motor Kit with Key Bob Controller - AM-0170

    This dome rotation kit includes all necessary mounting brackets and hardward plus an 11 RPM 12V motor and battery with cabling and a short range key bob for control.  Weighs 15 pounds.

    Dome Rotation Motor Kit with Foster Control System DR-1505

    This dome rotation kit includes all tracks, motors, batteries, brackets and hardware plus a Foster Control System for full automated computer control of dome rotation.  The Foster Control System allows for remote powering on and off of systems, dome rotation position, shutter position reporting (with the shutter system installed) and control over the motion of the dome.  Weighs 25 pounds. 

    Shutter Automation with No Controller DS-1201

    Includes springs, pulleys, motor and batterery, brackets and necessary hardware for automated shutter operation.  No controller is included with this kit.   Weighs 38 pounds.

    Shutter Automation with Key Bob Controller - DSKB-1201

    Includes springs, pulleys, motor and batterery, brackets and necessary hardware for automated shutter operation plus a short range key bob controller.  Weighs 38 pounds

    Shutter Control Motor Kit with Foster Control System - DSFC-10

    Foster Control System controlled shutter door motor.  Includes the necessary mounting brackets, springs and pulleys plus the Foster Control System for fully a automated and computer controlled shutter door.  Weighs 42 pounds.

    Total Automation Kit for 8' Domes - FDA-200

    Includes all necessary hardware, motors, batteries, brackets, pulleys, springs and track for full dome rotation and shutter control with a Foster Control System to link to a computer and provide advanced control over your dome features. 

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    APM products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy.

    Custom Orders

    Additionally, items that are special ordered, customized, or engraved - cannot be returned or refunded under our 30 day return policy. 

    If your engraved item needs to be repaired within 30 days of purchase, please reach out to us and we will have the product repaired or replaced, re-engrave if necessary, and return it to you in new condition.

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