The telescope is a TEC APO 140 apochromat, an extremely fine refracting telescope and gift to the university with the Astro-Physics 1200 mounting from Dan Azari. It produces exquisite images of the sky over a wide field, is accessible at the eyepiece for direct viewing and photography, and even has a solar filter for daytime use. The color image below was taken on its first night looking at the sky from this dome, December 5, 2019, with a Sony α 7R III digital single lens reflex camera.
The dome is made from high density polyethylene. Resistant to ultraviolet light and weathering, it light enough to be easily opened and rotated by hand and strong enough to withstand Kentucky weather. The Sky-Shed-Pod enclosure was installed with the help of the Wedekind family (center) and the Louisville Astronomical Society on a single warm day in April 2019. The octagonal foundation was designed and built by Helen Kielkopf (left).