Observatory Roof Mover

Andy Schroedermeier and Jesse Van EssenDome

The Dordt College Physics Department requested that their observatory dome be automated so that the dome aperture tracks the computer controlled telescope as it moves. This engineering team combined their electrical and mechanical training to design and successfully implement a motor and gear system for the dome. The system is integrated into the controls of the telescope and automatically adjusts the position of the dome to align with the telescope. The design proved to be less expensive and more functional than commercially available alternatives.

Gear Set Schematic