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Pier-Tech, Inc. is a US based manufacturing company. Our company was established for the purpose of making fixed and portable Piers that can accept astronomical German Equatorial or Fork Mounts or other instruments. In time we expanded our production to develop astronomical observatories with slide-off roof, and most recently in 2008 we expanded production to include Observatory Domes for use by professional and home astronomical observatories.

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Roll Off Roof Observatory
 
Roll Off Roof Observatory
 
Walk In Split Roof Observatory
 
Add On Split Roof Observatory
 
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Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

A fully automated observatory package, including a motorized roof and our advanced observatory control software and hardware. Optional Wi-FI and cellular tower connectivity available.

Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

A Roll Off Roof Observatory with features that leave other available roll off roof designs in the dust.

Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

Designed for mounting to an existing building structure. If you build your own observatory walls, but have difficulty with the roll off roof portion, this is the option for you

Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

A walk in split roof observatory for locations where space is limited to permit the travel of a single roof

Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

A add on split roof observatory for locations where space is limited to permit the travel of a single roof. The Tele-Station6 is designed to be added onto an existing structure

For Observatories
 
Software & Hardware
 
Solar Power System For Observatories Observatory Automation Software & Hardware
   

Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

Power your observatory with free energy! The solar power system is sized to operate your observatory roof motor, observatory controller, your telescope mount, telescope pier, and even your laptop computer.

Tele-Station 2 Roll Off Roof Observatory

This new software and hardware package boasts many features not found in other observatory automation packages.

Advantages Of A Roll-Off Roof Observatory:

when the observer prefers to have a more 'open to the sky' experience, free to glance from horizon to horizon

the open roof arrangement allows the instruments to reaches thermal equilibrium faster than in a dome. And this eliminates the possibility of having a 'chimney effect' develop as hot air rises up and through the open slit of a dome.

with the roll-off roof completely retracted there is no need to buy complicated and costly Dome automation equipment and software to keep the Dome shutter opening tracking along with the telescope

when the owner prefers to have a lower profile structure that does not readily advertise the presence of a telescope

when the owner prefers (or spouse demands) to have a lower profile structure that blends better than a dome with the associated architecture

makes the best sense at sites where protection from high winds is not a concern provides shielding from lower placed neighboring lights

 

This Makes Tele-Station Roll-Off Observatories Particularly Attractive:

1. Unique roof design to assure protection of the contents and longevity. The aluminum roof consists of multiple panels, and these have overlapping seams assuring a complete waterproof seal.

2. The roll-off roof panel is supported atop the metal structure without outriggers or unsightly and space-wasting exterior support tracks and framing. Track supports telescope in and out to support the roof as it moves. See the video at right to understand how unobtrusive this arrangement can be.

3. The Tele-Station 2 roll-off roof is provided atop a square or rectangular metal structure that can be anchored onto the ground or onto any type of floor with our supplied anchoring hardware. The same basic roll-off roof component can be purchase complete and standalone as the Tele-Station 3 to be installed atop an existing or custom made structure.

4. The roll-off roof can be opened or closed manually, or by means of the optional electric motor provided with either a forward and reverse switch, or an Automated Control system, with cloud sensor input. And if power to the motorized system fails, then the roof can still be operated manually.

5. This is an aesthetically pleasing design with choice of exterior panel colors. Its unique aluminum framing is slotted along the entire Tele-Station exterior walls so that the exterior can be covered to blend in even better with its surrounds.

6. Pier-Tech has engineered a comprehensive array of accessories for their observatories including:

Pier-Tech has developed a comprehensive solution not only of observatories but also offers telescope motorized elevating Piers that extend and retract beyond the roof level. This means one can observe from horizon to zenith!

Optional control systems to permit complete remote operation of the observatory with commands transmitted by hardwire or by cellular communications. The Tele-Station can be operated as a fully remote observatory system with the optional Pier-Tech 2 or Pier-Tech 3 controlled with our Advanced Observatory Control Software & Hardware - all from the comfort of your own home or from another part of the world, with the optional Wi-Fi or Cell tower Communication Module.

Solar Panel Power System to operate remote installations or simply for those who wish to make an environmental statement.

7. Pier-Tech products are engineered and provided largely assembled and with good documentation so that installation and set up will go smoothly - even for the mere mortal. For example walls and roof panels bolt together using only one (1) tool, a supplied Allen wrench!!!

8. Tele-Station can be disassembled and relocated easily. And so reuse of the space is facilitated for the next occupant of the property.

9. Pier-Tech can provide as much support as the customer prefers: consulting and sales, construction, systems integration, and operator training. Just tell us what type of telescope and mount you have, and we can take care of the rest.

Pier-Tech preaches "the best telescope is the one that gets used". And so the convenience of having the telescope set up in an observatory, with the mount aligned and ready to go increases the instances when the owner will enjoy the night sky
 

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