The Science Center built two decades earlier was not originally designed to include an observatory. A rooftop observatory is installed, housing a DFM 16-inch reflecting telescope enclosed in a dome.
A 1988 photograph of the observatory dome installation atop the Science Center.
Middlebury Public Affairs via Middlebury College Special Collections
Ken Davis, “Physics Dept. to Receive New Telescopes”, Middlebury Campus, page 3, 23 October 1987
Erik Borg, Middlebury College Magazine, cover, 1991
Laurence Marschall, Steven Ratcliff, & Thomas Balonek, “Parallax You Can See,” Sky and Telescope, pages 626-628, December 1992