Patterson Observatory 3D tour

In August of this year, we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon in the Patterson Observatory in Sierra Vista, doing a Matterport 3D scan of this incredible space.

The Patterson Observatory is owned by the University South Foundation, Inc. and operated by volunteers from the Huachuca Astronomy Club (HAC). It is named for David Patterson who was a founding member of HAC and a major Foundation donor.

The observatory opened in September 2004 and consists of a fork-mounted f/8.1, 20-inch Ritchey Chretien reflector under a 16-foot dome. The observatory is a NASA Space Place community partner and the focal point for astronomy outreach and education in Southeast Arizona.

Patterson Observatory is a tremendously educational and entertaining experience, and providing this fully immersive, 3D educational experience goes toward making this experience wider and more accessible. You can enjoy exploring this amazing location below (put on your VR headset for the best experience possible!):

Ryan Straight
Ryan Straight
Associate Professor of Practice in Applied Computing and Cyber Operations

Dr. Ryan Straight is an award-winning educator, writer, and researcher. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona in the College of Applied Science & Technology teaching in the Applied Computing and Cyber Operations undergraduate programs. He also teaches an annual freshman seminar, Life in the Metaverse, in the Honors College. As of summer 2021, he is the director of the MA{VR}X Lab.