Even though the great majority of POD owners buy POD so that they can spend much more time pursuing astro photography, you don't have to be a serious astro photographer to own a POD.
Some POD owners are ready to start imaging within hours of receiving their PODs. Others are wired up and ready to go in just a couple of days.
Even new astronomers will not be intimidated by the long list of POD features which some observatories, many times the price, don't include. Visit the POD website for page after page of information --See show how POD can assist you greatly in pushing your astronomy talents and passion further than ever before.
Why take our word for it?
Now that PODs are in place all over the US, including Alaska (and very shortly in Hawaii), in Canada and now in Europe, the message we get from owners is universal: POD owners are doing much more astronomy than they've done before --And loving it!
Here's a sampling of messages we've received from extremely happy SkyShed POD owners:
Your 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. (See a 3 hour duration narrow band photo below. Taken without the need to rotate the dome.)
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. 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.
Congratulations. You designed a real winner. The POD arrived right on schedule (within time window estimate) in perfect condition and with intact and impeccable packaging. The shipment was complete and it clearly showed attention to detail (better than what you would expect from products many times more expensive)... All hardware was there and properly labeled. The installation went exactly as described in the DVD...All in all. EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS. Thank you for an outstanding product.
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
(POD is) in fact one of the most innovative items I have ever seen. Far more rigid than you would ever expect and need, and they are incredibly well engineered. Frankly, POD is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long, long time...."
Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, Renowned Astronomer and 'Scope Supercharger
You get the idea. POD Prices start at only $1,595. Please visit the POD website for a lot more information and a features list that impresses the most serious astronomers around.
"At SkyShed Observatories we put the fun back in astronomy -- Serious fun"