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    Thanks Bob, I had seen that site in the past.

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    My shed roof rolls off to the east.
    I have a large, 3 story house behind me and a porch light on the 3rd floor has been a pain in my side for too long.
    The roof blocks it completely, but I do lose a bit of my Eastern sky. I just have to wait for it to rotate around to the west is all...
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    I use an Exploradome. Aerodynamically, the dome is very stable and has shown no tendency to lift or move in hurricane force wind. That is the primary protection.

    The stationary part of the rotation assembly has a T cross-secion. The skirt of the dome comes down several inches below the top of the T. After the dome is in place, inserts are attached under the skirt that project under the cross bar of the T. So the dome cannot lift without those inserts catching under the T section and holding it down. That is the secondary protection.

    I installed large eye bolts to both the inside of the dome and to the support structure. When strong winds are forecast, I install turnbuckles between the eye bolts and snug them down. That is my tertiary protection. The only trick is remembering to remove the turnbuckles before rotating the dome!.

    For operating the dome in cold weather, you need the dome to be automated. Believe me, there is nothing worse than having a nice dome to protect the equipment and having to sit out in the cold for the sole purpose of moving the dome every 15 minutes! (I'll get my rotation system back in service one of these days.)
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    This will be a refresher course in physics, engineering, electrical and everything else I know a little about and have no pedigree for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillrat View Post
    This will be a refresher course in physics, engineering, electrical and everything else I know a little about and have no pedigree for.
    Sounds like the perfect background... You'll do fine!
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