I sort of reported this a while ago…
During construction on the FRCC Harmony Campus, it looked like someone at the school got a good deal on an observatory dome. ┬áThe dome was laying on the ground for a while and I mentioned where it might go back in September last year.
Anchored Observatory ‘building’
I figured that they would put the dome on top of one of the buildings like the one directly east of its present location. I’m thinking something went wrong. Perhaps zoning laws or insufficient funds kept the school from placing the dome where it would be more effective. Just to the west of the dome is the proposed ‘Harmony & Shields Lifestyle Center‘ that should produce enough ambient light to make any observations to the west ineffective. Then again, at this level it is impossible for anyone in the observatory to peer into our bedroom window!
Phony fish-eye view of the observatory
OK, maybe it’s for astronomy students who are afraid of heights? The FRCC still operates the Stargeezer Observatory down the road and they sometimes use the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud. Do they really need three observatories? How many real astronomers get their degrees at a community college anyhow?