Jump to content

At long last I built a POD Zenith Table (PZT)


Recommended Posts

I have had my Skyshed POD for nearly 8 years now and when it came to imaging near the zenith I had adopted a rather precarious method of tilting the dome off its rails and balance the entire stucture on my shed. This had a few incid809420477_20210721_092934409_iOS(2).png.3c1feff8388cdb29547da2c41a0aec96.pngents when the dome fell down between obsy and shed and took a bit of an effort to get the dome back on the POD... @Carastro was quite shocked when she saw the dome at this alarming angle - so as you can see Carole I've got a PZT - I ldid look your website to see how you had constructed yours as well btw, before I decide to build the standard  shaped PZT.


Last week I contacted Wayne and he sent me the instructions to make the table - so yesterday I made one and using some fences posts and off cuts from a deck I built several years ago built the supports for the PZT - it works, I was out imaging at 3am on Elephant trunk which is almost overhead at that time of night.

So I still have to treat the wood and not sure if I will fit the additional 'side lobes'  - I also need to source some PTFE blocks to help slide the dome on and off more easily - but I am happy with the PZT and as it is at the back of the dome its not really visible from the rest of the garden..


Oh - and if anybody is wondering why there is a purple penny board in the image - I used it to wheel the large plywood sheets from front drive where the delivery driver  put them - they are heavy !!!






  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

That seems eminently safer Bryan.  


Unfortunately I was unable to do the conventional PZT because my POD is located in a corner, between next door's fence and my shed, so width and access to screwing up the bolts was a problem without removing next door's fence, so had no choice but to do it the way I have.


Glad if I gave you the shove.



  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...