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 mobile solution to house and operate telescopic equipment at a moment's notice, whether in the backyard or in the field.
POD's low cost and high quality, along with its innovative design, make it the perfect alternative to much higher priced observatory solutions.
Celebrating POD's 6th Anniversary!
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.
Warren, Stardust Observatory, Illinois
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.
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.
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
Clear Skies, Jesse
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 CET
President/Observing Chair - RASC Belleville Centre
Telescope Reviewer - SkyNews Magazine
Author - How to Buy a Telescope
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. We are expecting to add
several more PODs (POD village) at our observing site within the
next few years!
University of North Texas
Astronomers by Necessity
Accepting Visa and Mastercard
Directly through our Ecom System.
You no longer need to go though PayPal to use your Visa or Mastercard for payment. You can now use them directly though the POD ecom system. This is great news for those who prefer to not use Paypal.
For those with neighboring lights, the POD Visor allows you to temporarily turn your Clam Shell Dome into a Slotted Dome in about 3 seconds. Provides slightly more wind and dew protection as a fringe benefit.
Lightweight and low cost, the POD Visor is a great addition to your POD for those in urban settings.
SkyShed POD: The most configurable observatory on the planet. Permanent or Mobile, Slotted Dome, Clam Shell Dome, Slide Off Dome, All In One. Choose the configuration that suits your location, your object, or your mood.
for larger images. Price starting at $299.00.
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12.5'+ POD MAX
Now in Development.
New 3D CAD Images Added!
We're very happy to announce that the 12.5'+ POD MAX observatory is in development. The "12.5'+" designation is due to the fact that the standard model will measure 12.5' in diameter, while adding "POD MAX Bays" will increase the wall diameter, depending on the number of Bays, to almost 18' in diameter.
The 12.5'+ sized POD MAX is
designed primarily for serious astro photographers
with large equipment, schools and public
institutions, and for corporate research.
Obs Owner/Designer Travels to Afghanistan to
Entertain Coalition Forces
SkyShed Observatories Owner/Designer Wayne Parker traveled to Afghanistan with his 1980's CDN rock band "Glass Tiger", to meet with and entertain coalition troops. Wayne carried a PST solar scope everywhere he went and whenever possible set the scope up to show the sun to troops. The reaction from the troops was great, and it provided a few moments to take their minds off the war going on around them. Many service members were intrigued to see the desert sun for the first time through a scope.
Wayne says "We were honored and thankful for the privilege to spend time with frontline troops, and hopefully bring a little bit of home and a momentary repose to their lives, if only for a short time. Our philosophy in the band is that no one who's sane supports war, but we have to support our men and women who are out there fighting for freedom."
For the complete
press release and a link to a photo album of the
Max Corneau's Astronomy Technology Today Cover
Article from the Jan/Feb '09 Issue
NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, Max Corneau's great article about tearing down an old roll off observatory and replacing it with a POD XL5 at his club's dark sky site in Texas.
Read the article in .pdf Here
Visit Max's informative website Here
Many thanks to Max
and the great folks at
won Sky &
SkyShed POD was included in
2008's S&T "Hot Product"
awards. The editors of S&T review dozens of new
astronomy products each year, then single out a few
for the prestigious honor of "Hot Product" .
Thank you to POD owners! This award would not have happened without you.
This is our second HP award. Our SkyShed Roll Off Plans were named for 2005. Since then we've worked hard to live up to the level of excellence that the award recognizes, and will continue to into the future.
Special thanks to the great people at S&T for
another show of support for SkyShed Observatories,
and our mission to make astronomy more accessible to
Our new checkout
system adds the flexibility and convenience of using
your PayPal account to place your order, plus adds
the ability to finance your order with PayPal Buyer
Here for more info about PayPal Buyer
Research Unveils Breakthrough in Solar Farm
at use in IBM project. IBM
researchers have achieved a breakthrough in
photovoltaics technology that could significantly
reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's power for
electricity. Click Here
to see the IBM press release.
Click Here for a larger image.
GPOD Worlds First "Green" Observatory In our mission to continually innovate, we're proud to announce the worlds' first observatory made completely from Re-Cycled plastic (Re-HDPE).
The new POD is designated GPOD, G for Green. It has all the UV factors and longevity of our original POD made from "virgin" HDPE, and like the virgin HDPE POD, will a last for decades.
SkyShed GPOD is available in Tan and Gray/Blue colors, and is able to include all of our other new enhancements, including the new environmentally friendly Ecomate hardened insulation, and black lined POD Bays.
GPOD is available in all models including the standard sized POD, as well as the XL3 and XL5 versions.
For GPOD Bay lining, we use re-cycled HDPE, this way we're be able to make a lined GPOD entirely from Re-HDPE. GPOD is now available on our online checkout starting at only $1995.00! Click Here to order now.
POD Zenith Table!
For those who
want easier zenith access with some scopes. How
about slewing through zenith from horizon to
horizon, and not having to move the dome all night? As without the PZT, you need no motors, no
chains, no need to interface the dome and scope. No
problems. Way more time for imaging. Longer duration
images. Now Available!
Competing products need motorized rotation systems which can cost over $3,000!
perfected a method of filling the POD walls with hardened Ecomate foam insulation. Not only does this make the
already strong walls incredibly strong, it
cuts out IR waves, UV waves, and light.
The thick insulation helps keep outside hot and cold temps on the outside in extreme environments. Click Here for more info and larger views.
Black Lined POD Bay
A new black lined POD
Bay is now available.
The lining is 100% virgin black polyethylene, heavily UV/IR resistant, and adds 15 lbs weight to the Bay. This makes the lined Bay even stronger than the unlined POD Bay. The black lining is melded with the outer color and will not scratch off or peel over time. It will prevent IR waves from penetrating into the Bay, reducing heat from IR in extreme high temp environments, and also prevent more light from entering or leaving the Bay.
These elements, combined with the success we've had with applying black Krylon paint to the dome interior, or insulating the dome and walls, will provide a passive high heat, high IR/UV solution for high temp environments.
Customers who do not choose the Bay lining option,
or who currently own non-lined Bays, can apply black
Fusion paint for
plastic to their POD Bays for a lower cost solution
to lining. View the Krylon
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Now Available in more Countries than Ever
We're very happy to announce that POD is now
available in more countries than ever. In addition
to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, POD is now
available in Great Britain, France, Spain,
Australia and New Zealand, Japan,
Most of Asia, Scandinavia, Russia/CIS,
and India. Coming
soon to additional countries. Visit the
page for a list of countries and links to
international retailer websites.
Are Popping Up All Over
Don't delay. Each POD is custom made to your option choices. PODs ordered today will be delivered in 6-8 weeks in North America.
POD Owner Galleries!
We receive many photos and we had to find a way to showcase them quickly and easily. We've chosen a non-linear, montage style, without captions or descriptions. This will allow us to update them easily and regularly.
the most part the photos speak for themselves.
Thanks to POD owners for allowing us to share
hundreds of their
photos with you. A lot of the photos have to do with
assembling or equipping your POD, so new owners may
find them helpful. Check back often as the Galleries
grow. Send us your POD photos to include them!
2D photos don't due justice to POD's shape. Being round, 2D photos tend to squash POD's depth. 3D photos help give you a better idea of POD's shape and size.
In order to view the photos in 3D you'll need red/cyan glasses or red/cyan eyepiece filters. Number 23A and 80A filters work nicely. Red lens on the left. Have Fun!
Tops Cloudy Nights Polls
Cloudy Nights is a popular article and discussion website for astronomers. In an observatory popularity poll, SkyShed garnered about as many votes as all other observatory companies combined!
In the "Best Product of 2007" poll, SkyShed POD was second in votes only to the revolutionary "Ethos" 100 degree eyepiece from TeleVue. If we have to be second to something we're honored it's Ethos. Thanks to all the CN members who voted for SkyShed!
Thanks to the great people
at ATT for their support!
Lorelei Parker Power new writer for ATT
During the writing of the POD cover article, Astronomy Technology Today editors learned that SkyShed Observatories co-owner Lorelei Parker Power is also a published writer. They asked Lorelei to be a regular contributing writer for the magazine, focusing on women in astronomy.
Lorelei's first article debuted in the November issue to rave reviews. Her cover story with Farah Payan of Woodland Hills Telescopes is featured in the January issue.
Click Here to read Lorelei's debut article.
Thanks to SkyNews for their great support!
Click Here to read the article
Assembly Video Online Version
POD and Astronomy Day, or
"How many people can you put in a
Twenty one people actually, PLUS a C 8i on a tripod! Glenn Mac Donald set up Rock Mallin's Beta POD in Ottawa for an Astronomy Day public viewing event.
Members of OAOG setup over 50 'scopes, for the viewing pleasure of thousands of members of the public, in warm temps, under a clear sky. Twenty one of them jumped right into POD to show you how big it is in there. Click Here