Product of the Ash Manufacturing Company
Plainfield, IL 60544 USA
A leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality domes and tracking instrument shelters.
The ASH-DOME evolved from a new and different approach to the production of high quality observatory domes.
The ASH-DOME is fabricated from the finest materials and products available to provide strength and stability in a dome shelter to withstand severe weather conditions around the world.
Many of the outstanding features and available options designed into this versatile instrument shelter are a direct result of suggestions received from professional astronomers, engineers, and amateur astronomers. ASH-DOME has incorporated these ideas into the product we now provide to many of the world's most distinguished institutions, yet the ASH-DOME is priced to be compatible with budgets of schools and amateurs.
Simplicity of structure and ease of operation are prime factors in considering ASH-DOME. Basically the ASH-DOME is a steel hemisphere formed by a number of interlocking segments providing an exceptionally strong roof structure.
The up and over style shutter system allows the astronomer to view any portion of the sky through a protected viewing aperture. The up and over style shutter also keeps wind turbulence in the observatory to a minimum during observatory operation. This is much different from the older biparting style where the entire aperture must be opened to observe, even during exceptionally windy conditions.