Introducing our new DomePro2 controller

We are proud to introduce DomePro2.  DomePro2 is born from the experience of installing our original DomePro product (first in 2006) on numerous domes by Ash Manufacturing and others.

Two DomePro2-d modules with red status led and Open and Close Shutter buttons as well as Left and Right Azimuth buttons and Stop button for dome control of domes by Ash Manufacturing and others.

DomePro provides fully automated control of all types of telescope enclosures including: classic domes, clamshell domes and roll-off roof enclosures.  DomePro2 is specifically design for remote observatory control:

  • Standards support: ASCOM and Bisque X2.
  • Email/text notification for fault conditions.
  • High reliability design and construction.
  • Robust time-tested performance.
  • Extended temperature operation.
  • Exclusive use of quality components.
  • Never lose position: RFID absolute & redundant encoder options.
  • Equipment protection (Redundant limits, over-current protections, timeouts, weather/power-fail closure, absolute shutter angle control).

Integrated systems for dome control

Astrometric specializes in integrated control systems for domes from Ash Manufacturing, Astro Haven, Technical Innovations, Explora Dome, Sirius and others.  Our system will adapt to any dome that can be motorized for rotation and/or shutter control.

All of our dome control systems are complete packages and, in many cases, involve drop-in installation.  Included is everything needed to provide reliable dome automation using existing (manufacturer installed) motors.  For domes without existing motors, we can assist in adapting suitable motors.

A screenshot showing Maestro4 starting and DomePro2-d Connected. All Astrometric dome control systems are complete packages and include everything you need to provide accurate dome automation.

DomePro2 models available

For details on our different DomePro2 models, please visit the links below...

DomePro2-d for classic domes >

DomePro2-d consists of two modules, one for controlling dome azimuth motors (for rotation) and a second module (linked by wireless or cabled interface to the azimuth module) for controlling dome shutter motors.

Details of DomePro2-d features and options

An image of a DomePro2-c module that controls the two sides of the clamshell and provides independent closure of either side to any angle.
Maestro4 software screenshot showing a DomePro2-c connected and Dome Shutter Status Opened.
< DomePro2-c for clamshell domes

DomePro2-c is one module that controls the two sides of the clamshell. Independent closure of either side to any angle is provided.

Details of DomePro2-c features and options

DomePro2-dx for Explora Domes >

The DomePro2-dx system is designed to control Explora Domes from Polydome of Litchfield, MN.  DomePro2-dx brings much of the “premium” capability of our DomePro2-d system into the affordable amateur market.  DomePro2-dx is designed for drop-in installation in Explora Dome 8’ and 11’ domes.

Details of DomePro2-dx features and options

Two DomePro2-dx modules designed for Explora Domes from Polydome. DomePro2-dx brings “premium” capability of DomePro2-d at an affordable price for the amateur dome market. Drop-in installation for Explora Dome 11’ and 8’ domes.

Other dome control products from Astrometric Instruments

Our flagship DomePro2 products shown above provide the most immediate, and often "drop in", solutions for dome control however we do offer the following products for custom applications.  If you have an application that could benefit from these solutions please contact us to discuss options… of which there are many.

Integrated systems for roll-off roof observatories

DomePro for roll-off roof observatories is provided as one module that controls the roof, and in many cases, a gable door needed to provide telescope clearance.

DomePro RO1 Roll-off Roof Telescope Enclosure Control from Astrometric Instruments
Controller components for custom dome applications

Since 2006 we have been selling our DomePro controller modules as stand-alone components.  In 2016 we started offering our new integrated DomePro2 controllers (detailed above) which are based off the same controller module present in our PrimeTCS telescope control product.  For Astrometric, this provides standardization of hardware across all product lines which will assure product availability (both new and replacement), no matter the function, far into the future.

The base controller module included in our integrated DomePro2 systems is available separately for customers who would like to build-out their own motors and mechanisms to move the dome components.

DomePro controllers: 2006-2016

A pair of base controller modules that include the Azimuth module and the Shutter module which is included in our integrated DomePro2 systems and is available separately for those who want to build their own dome control motors and components.

DomePro2 controller: 2016-onwards
(DomePro2-c for clamshell domes shown below, DomePro2-d and DomePro2-r are available for classic domes and roll-off domes respectively).

2016 DomePro2-c Clamshell Dome Controller for clamshell domes