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Be Operational in Minutes
Revolutionary Design
Ultimate Durability
360° Rotation
1000's of Happy Owners
Simple to Build
Simple to Maintain

So many great features! Scroll down to find out more.

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Be Operational in Minutes
1000's of Happy Owners
Revolutionary Design
Ultimate Durability
360° Rotation
Simple to Build
Simple to Maintain

Scroll down to find out more.

To Be OPERATIONAL in Minutes…
The Astronomer’s Dream

In the last few years we’ve added more and more technology to our backyard telescopes, turning many into powerful scientific instruments. Unfortunately we’ve found that with all the added technology it takes a lot more time to get set up and tear down all that equipment. 

With life becoming more hectic than ever, many astronomers report doing LESS observing than they have in the past. All this fantastic technology, and sizeable investment, sits unused in the corner of a room, or buried in the garage. What’s needed is both a permanent and portable solution to house and operate telescopic equipment at a moment’s notice, whether in the backyard or in the field. 

By using the same proven material that’s been used globally for decades, in agricultural products and outdoor structures, combined with an evolutionary patented design, SkyShed POD is the permanent or temporary dome observatory solution to house and operate the latest visual and photographic astronomical equipment.

POD’s low cost and high quality, along with its innovative design, make it the perfect alternative to much higher priced dome observatory solutions.

We use only the finest American made, highly UV resistant Polyethylene from 3M. Longevity is in terms of decades, not years. If it’s quality and longevity you want.

There’s only one – SkyShed POD

Note: In these days of restricted travel – Enjoy a “Stay-cation” and explore the universe with your family from your own home. Order ASAP for Late Fall ’21 Delivery!

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You Want Them? We’ve Got Them.
POD FEATURES 
Making POD the most changeable, and most popular dome observatory ever. 
Why a Clamshell design and not a slot opening? Simple, to see the sky!
In a POD this size with a thin slot, you would feel like you’re sitting in closet with a small window. Not fun. POD provides a wide-vista-view. You feel like you’re under the stars while still being sheltered. 
It’s a far better experience than peering through a small opening and seeing little. Plus with a large opening like POD’s you don’t have to keep going in and out to see what’s going on in the sky. 
POD’s Double-Wall-Design makes a HUGE difference in strength and security! 

In the early design phase we considered a thin, single wall to lower price and weight. No matter how we looked at it you end up with a flimsy structure. We knew astronomers would not want to leave their expensive equipment inside it year ’round.

So we doubled the wall by putting one-POD-inside-another, and separated the two by up to 4 inches. We added even more strength with large, star shaped “kiss-offs” between the two walls.

This created an extremely strong building that can be left in place with equipment inside, in the worst weather. Fourteen years, thousands of PODs, and thousands of storms later have proved we were correct to not choose the flimsy single wall design. We’re very glad we did.

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Join Thousands of SkyShed POD dome observatory Owners Around the World

Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates and posts from our owners. Engage with the SkyShed POD community on the Groups.io disscussion forum and check out the latest videos on our YouTube channel. 

SkyShed POD Weathers 120+ MPH winds in Hurricane Michael 2018
It is with great joy that I can report my POD survived 120+ MPH winds yesterday. The POD was totally unaffected… Unfortunately I had a storage shed at ground level that was totally obliterated by the storm surge… I’m pleased as punch at how well the POD did…Very relieved.

POD Can Move With You:
My POD has successfully been transplanted from Ohio to North Carolina, where it will begin its second decade of constant use. I maintain that the money spent to buy my POD was the best astronomical purchase I have ever made. Scopes, mounts, cameras, etc. come and go, but the POD is an investment for a lifetime of astronomical endeavors.

Andy Raiford from Texas

This thing is a phenomenal success! Andy is an astronomy educator, and equipment reviewer.

Jim Redlands, CA

POD has created a monster!! I am finding myself trying to image every night! The convenience of just walking into my backyard, opening the dome, switching the equipment on and start imaging has multiplied my time out under the stars 10-fold!!! … I am a beginner at narrow band imaging but the POD is allowing me to really attack that learning curve by making it so convenient to image nightly. Thanks!!  

John Chumack, OH  

I have built many homemade and manufactured Domes, and have owned 6 domes of various manufacturers throughout the years. I can honestly say that the SkyShed POD was by far the quickest and easiest to build and its incredibly solid! It literally rotates with one finger…very smooth!!!! I’m still amazed how simple, yet strong the design is, and how warm and quiet it was inside the POD out of the snowy cold wind, I couldn’t even hear the wind howling. After viewing your excellent instructional DVD, I must say this was extremely helpful, actually a must see for quick & easy assembly!

Warren, Stardust Observatory, IL

Just a short note to let you know how pleased I am with my POD. Fortunately, I was one of the first to receive my POD in mid-June (’07). Weather permitting, I have used my Celestron Nexstar 8iSE just about every night. How convenient to unlock the POD, open the secondary dome, fire up the scope and start observing or imaging. No more lugging the equipment in and out of the garage. My back thanks you! I also purchased the SkyShed pier and it has worked out great. Thanks again for making my observing sessions really enjoyable. 

James P.

It is great to have the POD assembled on my deck. You haven’t lived, until you have a XL3 POD on your home’s deck – I go out on the deck and in about 30 sec I am up in running!… for those waiting, I can tell you that it will be worth the wait, this is a great product. 

David

A SkyShed POD Is A Wonderful thing. I went out last night, it was in the 30’s and the most stable skies I’ve seen in a while. I fired up a gas space heater kicked back in my chair with coffee for 3 hours. I did not even the fire up the scope. I sat there with a pair of binoculars scanning the Eastern sky from horizon to zenith. I could see things I had never seen before. Can’t do that in a slit dome. Many Thanks to Wayne and crew. CDS

Jesse

All I can say is WOW! Not only did I get my CGE14 in it but Piggy Backed on that is an Orion 100ED and it all fits! We also had a storm last night with winds 25-30 mph and heavy rain, I checked everything this morning and the interior is all dry as a bone. I’m absolutely beside myself, it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. A big thank you to yourself and the whole SkyShed POD team!

Greg Lisk, ON

The SkyShed POD is going to be a revolutionary product for amateur astronomy. It will take its place in history with the SCT, the DOB, the Telrad and the ETX Autostar. 

Greg Lisk is the CET President/Observing Chair of the RASC Belleville Centre, a telescope Reviewer for SkyNews Magazine and the author of “How to buy a telescope.” 

Preston Starr, TX

Two XL3 TAN/TAN PODS were installed at our 35 acre site near Necessity, Texas (100 miles west of Ft. Worth). Both PODs were installed on their own 12′ x 16′ deck. The installation was simple and easy. The PODs were in operation in only a few hours after beginning the installation. I can truthfully say that the PODs exceeded our expectations for a truly affordable personal observatory. 

Chad W, IN

My POD has come through sub-zero Indiana winters and 80 mph storm-driven rain, sleet and snow. It has never leaked so much as a drop of water, and after several years it still looks brand new after a yearly spring clean with soapy water.

E Horton

This is the first time I have had an observatory at home.  Before this I had to travel 2 hours and that was always challenging to get quality sky time.  I can literally be up and running in five minutes.  I really like the fact that half of the sky is available to me at one time and you don’t have to keep adjusting the dome to meet the telescope. I can honestly say that my sky time has gone up exponentially as I can now take advantage of little windows that would have been lost before. Leaks….This was one of my big concerns and I know a big concern of a lot of people.  Well, I have none.  There are no leaks and I’m very comfortable leaving the scope out and many times uncovered. Support…Fantastic!

François van Heerden
Thank you for an outstanding, quality product! I purchased my SkyShedPOD a little over a year ago and now feel qualified to give feedback. I want to give you a summary of my experience. Assembly is a piece of cake! Watch the video and keep it handy on a PC as you build your observatory, and have one other person to help you in getting the dome segments installed. My POD is installed on a concrete base so I needed to make sure it was sealed to keep out rain. I have this mostly done now and will refine it a bit further. I set the telescope pier about 18 inches in front of the zenith of the dome – that gives me clear visibility directly overhead. In the roughly 18 months I have had my POD with two bays I have done more observing than I accomplished in over a decade! My equipment is protected from the elements and always set up. I have a fully remote set-up in that I control my telescope and cameras from indoors, winter and summer. The total amount of time to open and close the observatory is 5 minutes before and after an observing run. I have never had so much fun observing as I have since the POD was installed.
Nor, NJ

As most people involved in astrophotography, I laid out a nice piece of change over the many years. By far, one of the best investments I made was purchasing a POD. I’ve had my POD for about 5 years now. The product is made exceptionally well and easy to assemble. Everything is snug inside when closed up and it only takes a few minutes to start capturing photon. Wayne has done an outstanding job in designing the POD. I expect to get many more years of use from my POD.

D.R.

It is immediately accessible, simple to use, inexpensive to buy and maintain, and the company head on down to the employees are all wonderful people.

Bill

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the design and build quality. Really first rate, Wayne. I could not be more pleased. Thanks again!

Chuck

The pier was delivered yesterday and is in perfect shape. Wow, what a nice piece of work. Your instructions and supplemental information is outstanding and has made planning and sites preparation go smoothly. With the assembly video I suspect POD assembly will go smoothly as well. Thanks for all!

Peter P.

I am very pleased with my 3-Bay POD that has been performing magnificently for several years.

Melissa Thompson-Flynn

Without repeating what others have said about the POD’s value, durability, and enhancement of the hobby of amateur astronomy (all of which is very true!), I want to add that I have found this to be a female-friendly owner experience. As a woman in my 60s, I was able to successfully complete the construction of my POD over several days with relative ease and with only minimal assistance from my partner. No worries if you’re not into power tools; not only are they not required, they’re actually strongly discouraged. As a side note, the user’s group is an invaluable resource for tips and tricks relating to construction, weather sealing, power and wifi, LED lighting, observing chairs, floor coverings, and myriad other topics. I strongly recommend both the Sky Shed POD and its online user’s group for serious, and semi-serious, amateur astronomers, women and men alike.

Bob Jais

I have gone through many astronomy items in my time. The one thing that remains a constant is my SkyShed POD. Great product with zero reason to ever change!

Tim Connolly

I am 110% satisfied with my POD and highly recommend it. I love my SkyShed POD and my SkyShed Pier. As a deep space imager, the POD allows me to maximize my time capturing photons. It keeps my gear safe and protected while allowing me to be on target in minutes without sacrificing time to set up or break down. The POD has housed my gear safely through harsh winters with sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow. The POD also protects my gear summer’s heat, keeps the gear dry during high wind and torrential rain. The SkyShed pier is well designed, solid, stable and allows my mount to stay polar aligned between sessions.

FEATURES & DETAILS

SkyShed POD Dome Observatory
BUILT LIKE A TANK

Made from high density, non-toxic, highly UV resistant and double walled polyethylene.

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INSTALL ON ANY FLAT SURFACE

POD can be installed anywhere on the ground, on a deck, or any flat surface.

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THERE IS NO NEED TO PAINT

POD will retain its vibrant color for many years, keeping maintenance low.

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FLOW THROUGH VENTILATION

Air transfer located below the dome for maximum weather protection.

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OPERATES IN EXTREME TEMPERATURES

POD can operate in temperatures far above and below the temps your equipment can operate in.

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SUPER STRONG YET LIGHT WEIGHT

Individual panels only weigh from 27-50 pounds making POD easily maneuverable.

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TOP OF THE LINE HARDWARE

Stainless steel and rust resistant hardware used is used throughout for strength and durability.

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360° ROTATION

View the sky in any direction. Track objects for hours without the need to move the dome! Need the ultimate in zenith access? CHECK OUT the POD Zenith Table!

AVAILABLE IN 7 COLORS

Available in Lunar Gray, Discovery White, Midnight Gray, Cobalt Blue, Hunter Green, Forest Green and Desert Tan. Colors are as pictured above. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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POD COVER

For those who want to keep their POD clean and want easy maintenance. Helps keep weather, pollen, leaves and other matter build up off your POD dome.

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PZT KIT

For those who want easier zenith access with some scopes we have developed the PZT kit. The kit includes all the hardware needed to transform your POD into a slide off dome.

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ALREADY OWN AN OBSERVATORY?

POD makes a great addition to your line up. Bring POD with you to the cottage or favorite star party!

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HUGE VIEWING WINDOW TO SEE MORE SKY

PODs Patented design provides you with a horizon to horizon, east to west view, at the same time! No need to motorize the roof. No need for motors, pulleys or cables. Saves both valuable observing time and money. 

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POD IS THE PERFECT SIZE

POD is 8 feet high and 8 feet in diameter and will accommodate the latest popular telescopes up to 14″, including 14″ CGX and 14″ ACF. Plus small to medium sized refractors, even Dobsonians. CLICK HERE for Dimensions & Configurations.

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KEEPS YOUR EQUIPMENT SAFE & SECURE

Keep everything safe and secure with POD’s locking door and dome. In addition, POD has 12 internal anchor points around the wall base to deter theft and keep POD anchored even in extreme conditions.

EXCELLENT WIND & DEW PROTECTION

POD owners report excellent wind and dew protection, while still having access to a huge sky view. POD’s dome and Bays provide excellent protection for you and your equipment.

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HD ASSEMBLY VIDEO AVAILABLE

Hosted by SkyShed Observatories owners Wayne Parker and Lorelei Parker Power. More info, more insight, more tips. In glorious wide screen HD! EMAIL US to receive a video download link.

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ASSEMBLE POD FROM 10 FITTED PANELS

Allow for short term mobile, or long term stationary installation. Bring a POD with you to your dark sky site and set it up in less than an hour. Or leave it setup in your backyard for year round instant access to the sky. The Personal Observatory Dome has the ultimate flexibility!

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OPTIONAL POD BAYS

The optional POD Bays provide additional space for laptops, equipment, LCD screens, charts, storage, etc. The Bays extend to the ground, meaning you can put much more weight in them than a cubby that sticks out through the mid wall. *Unlike others who’ve copied our Bay design, POD Bay is one molded piece. Stronger, weather tight, longer lasting, easier to install. Way better!

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ECOMATE™ INSULATED WALL PANEL OPTION
We’ve perfected a method to fill the POD wall panels with hardened foam insulation. Not only does this make the already strong walls even stronger, it cuts out IR and UV waves and light. Helping to keep outside temperatures on the outside in extreme environments. Visit any of our POD products in the SkyShed Shop to learn more!
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“REDNECK” WIND TESTED

 We wanted to make sure that POD could withstand whatever mother nature had to offer, including high wind speeds, so we conducted a few wind tests with POD mounted on a flatbed trailer. We drove POD across the country side with the dome in both of the open and closed positions. POD passed both of the tests with flying colors! Want to see how well it did?
CLICK HERE
 to see the video of POD in action!

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TELESCOPE IS OFFSET TO THE SOUTH

Like many well known large dome observatories, POD is designed to have the pier/scope offset to the south, to take advantage of the busier Southern sky. In our case about 10″ South of center. This also provides more work room to the North where you spend much of your time. DO NOT locate the scope in the center or Zenith can be obscured by the open dome flange. This is important!

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PRICE VS. QUALITY

POD outperforms competing products, even much higher priced ones! Photos can’t portray the huge difference in quality between POD and competing plastic products. We use only expensive poured aluminum molds to create POD. This means we end up with a far more finished looking and refined product. The differences in quality are easily visible upon close inspection.

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THE POD TEAM DIFFERENCE

Before and after delivery you get support from the team who developed POD, the people who make your POD and direct contact with the people who ship your POD. Questions or concerns are normally responded to within minutes if not hours, often by multiple members of the team. We are here to answer your questions, help you decide your POD options, your Pier options, and more.

BUILDING MATERIAL COMPARISON
Fiberglass
Expensive, fragile, expensive to transport, dries out and fractures
Steel
Expensive, heavy, difficult to work with, rusts eventually, dents
ABS
Fragile. Cracks and fractures very easily. Very Low UV Resistance. Not long lasting
POD Polyethylene
Low cost, lasts for decades, easy to work with, strong, non toxic. High UV Resistance
The most frequent comments from new POD owners are, “The quality is much higher than I expected”, “POD is much larger than I expected”, and “POD is a lot stronger than I expected.” 
What we hear most is “I Love My POD!”
We’re huge fans of super popular YouTube Astronomy star Trevor Jones and his AstroBackyard YouTube Channel and Website.
We’re so pleased to say that after 10 years of dragging his gear out to film videos, Trevor and his wife Ashley (and dog Rudy!) finally have a SkyShed POD dome observatory for instant access to the sky.
Watch Trevor’s Part One of their journey in becoming SkyShed POD owners HERE
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After thoroughly researching the genre we came up with a new approach to Pier design.
Now after 20 years years and thousands of piers in place around the world, our happy owners agree that we have devised an innovative pier design that is attractive, highly functional and affordable. Owners love our piers. And do great work on them! Photos taken on SkyShed Piers grace the pages and covers of magazines, photo contests, books, APODs, websites, and more. Well known astrophotographers utilize SkyShed Piers.
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POD OWNER PETER PULLES IN HOLLAND
CLICK HERE TO SEE A GREAT VIDEO OF HIS POD IN ACTION 
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