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Choosing an observatory

Choosing a suitable observatory for your needs requires careful thought and planning.

There are many weird and wonderful observatory designs, with the most popular listed below:

  • Roll-off roof shed 

  • Run-off shed on rails 

  • Rotating clamshell dome

  • Rotating aperture slit dome

Although any observatory design will offer some level of comfort and protection for the observer and equipment, the first three listed designs can only be classed as storage and housing for your equipment, offering little or no protection from cold winds and stray light.

PULSAR OBSERVATORIES have adopted the traditional rotating aperture slit design, as used by most professional observatories, and here are some of the reasons why:

  • Excellent wind protection for you and your 'scope

  • Minimises exposure to local stray light and large scale light pollution 

  • Offers excellent dark adaption

  • Minimises dew problems

  • Less cooling down time

  • Full automation potential

  • Severe weather resistance

  • Long-life durability of GRP

  • Lightweight and easy to rotate/move

  • Virtually maintenance free

  • Easy to dismantle

  • Favoured choice by most serious astro imagers

You and your telescope deserve to be in a clean, secure working environment, making your observing and imaging much more pleasurable.


The low-mass design and air-flow characteristics provide thermal equilibrium for the telescope and optics, as well as vital protection from gusting wind, dew and frost. The human advantages are equally overwhelming: protection from wind chill and damp, as well as the sheer convenience of having your equipment ready to observe or image in just a couple of minutes and safely protected again after the session just as quickly.


Security: all Pulsar full-height observatories lock securely from the outside with a key; in the case of the 2.2 and 2.7m model the lock is built into the door with internal handle. The dome shutter on all models lock securely from the inside.


The high standards set by Pulsar observatory domes are increasingly recognised throughout Europe by a broad base of demanding institutional and amateur users. The convenience and comfort of our domes will take your astronomy to new heights of achievement and enjoyment - and with prices starting from just £1,895 there is no need to compromise.


No other observatory design offers the telescope a higher standard of envionmental protection, both during the observing session and after, for long-term storage and protection from the elements. And importantly, no other design offers a higher standard of comfort and convenience for you, the observer!


Anti-reflection coating being added to a dome quadrant in our factory.