Assy Turgen Observatory
In the clear air and lack of light pollution, high up on the Assy Plateau above Almaty, Kazakhstan, stands the deserted Assy Turgen Observatory, build around 1981 by Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute. It contains two telescope towers and supporting buildings, and a 1-meter telescope was launched in 1991. Dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in suspension of activities; the site appears abandoned except for a couple of caretakers. Plans exist to revive the structures and launch a 1.5 m telescope. You can see the mountains in the background, that still have traces of snow even in late August.
I positioned my camera so the abandoned roadway provided leading lines drawing the eye to the Soviet era buildings.
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