Observatory Dome Automation Control System

Dome Automation Control for Astronomy

automated electronic controlled dome slit telescope

Astronomy Automated Control for
Observatory Dome


Customised integrated dome control system with the astronomy software “TheSkyX Pro” from SOFTWARE BISQUE and “Boltwood Cloud Sensor 2” from Diffraction Limited.

automated electronic controlled dome slit telescope

Paramount ME Mount II (Equatorial Mount) for the telescope, inside an Observatory Dome Motorised 3.0m Steel Astronomical Dome.

integration for dome control software

The Paramount ME Mount II is big and filled with many advanced features for astronomy observation.The multiple axis equatorial mount poses a problem when deployed in a small and tight observatory dome. The mounted telescope and its allowed movement are as big as the dome’s space available. The default dome azimuth generated from the SkyXPro software is not aligned with the telescope view.Software Re-mapping of Dome slit opening position to cater for any form of automated telescope system which the scope vision is offset from the centre of the small dome.

Dome Azimuth Mapping File to align the dome slit to the correct direction.

Screen capture of the dome’s azimuth mapping file. This mapping file ensures that the dome slit opening is always following the telescope mounted on the Paramount ME Mount II.

electronic dome automation system integration

Testing and commissioning the dome control system.

Java Program to Automate Observatory Dome Control

Java running at the back end controlling the hardware of the dome automation system.

automation electronic for the controlling the integrated dome slit

Junction box for Automated Dome Controller. The controller uses solid state controller (no mechanical wear and tear, no mechanical noise), long operating lifespan.

Weather Sensor for Observatory Dome Automation ControlWeather Sensor Status Report

Boltwood Cloud Sensor 2 weather and rain sensor to ensure that the telescope is protected from the bad weather.

SkyXPro Software Telescope Control Interface

SkyXPro Telescope and Dome control software interface.

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