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Old 04-23-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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Advantages / Disadvantages of Astrodomes

My Astrodome on my 1963 tradewind is long gone. I have replaced it with an aluminum cover.

I am now wondering if I would enjoy the skylight effect of an Astrodome.

What are the pros and cons?

Is there enough light during sunlight hours to make it worthwhile?

Is it too bright on some occasions?

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Mike Brumback
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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My Astrodome on my 1963 tradewind is long gone. I have replaced it with an aluminum cover.

I am now wondering if I would enjoy the skylight effect of an Astrodome.

What are the pros and cons?

Is there enough light during sunlight hours to make it worthwhile?

Is it too bright on some occasions?

Thanks,
Mike Brumback
Astrodomes or solardomes that are white, that have a thermal barrier, let some light in, although a little harsch.

The solar gray covers, that have a thermal barrier, let in more light, that is soft, but no direct sun light.

Fiberglass covers let in brown light, if any light at all, and are single thickness.

Gel coated fiberglass covers, are single thickness and let in zero light.

The white or solar gray covers never allow "bright" sun light in.

Metal covers allow no light, ever. But they do let in heat and/or cold as the case may be.

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Old 04-24-2009, 07:34 AM   #3
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or convert to a Wally hatch

by adding a hinged frame with latches you can have sunlight and more ventilation. Lots more work but is great when you need it.
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For less than $10 you can put a corrugated Polycarbonate window in your aluminum cover and get all the advantages of a insulated window with diffused light at little cost and one hour's work. The sheeting, with hollow tubular air pockets, is available at many home stores. I think you can find pictures somewhere here in another thread.
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