oa Journal of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Observatory dome

Volume 4, Issue 3
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The chief aspiration of an Amateur Astronomer after becoming the possessor of a good telescope is to have an observatory with a real, round, revolving dome. The observatory building itself is generally easy to come by but a hemispherical dome presents some practical difficulties to an amateur who has not got at hand the resources of a regular workshop. He generally falls back on some polygonal or octagonal shape in trying to realise his desire, but a polygonal shape does not seem to embody the desired concept; nor has it the easy elegance we associate with a hemispherical dome.

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