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The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 appears to have a clear dome over the bridge:

NCC - 1701

There is a scene in the pilot that zooms in and peers into the bridge from space:

bridge from space

Does the crew have the ability to see through the dome into space?

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Isn't that screenshot from the remastered versions? Sheesh. First Lucas and the prequel trilogy, now Sternbach and Okuda have done it to the real Star Trek. Sigh. –  Tango Mar 24 '12 at 4:05
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This is the remastered shot, not the original, but the intent is the same. –  SteveED Mar 24 '12 at 22:48
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We never see the complete bridge ceiling from inside in any episode of TOS. We see it for the first time in TAS and it is definitely opaque.

It could have been that the producers realized that showing space on the inside ceiling was beyond the FX technology of the time and decided to give up on it after the pilot.

I believe that the pilot episode zoom in may have represented a more symbolic approach showing the audience that the bridge was on top (ie most important part) of the ship.

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Roddenberry rejected TAS as non-canon as soon as they got the go to start on Star Trek: Phase II (which became _Star Trek: The Motion Picture). When he was offered the chance to do TAS, he thought he'd never have any other chance to do Trek on TV or film, so he took it, but once he got another chance, he basically wiped the slate clean and said TAS never happened. –  Tango Mar 24 '12 at 16:59
    
Roddenberry accepted TAS as cannon by the 2nd season of TNG, and probably after he realized he could make quite a lot of money off of selling the rights to VHS and disc. –  SteveED Mar 24 '12 at 22:47
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In "The Cage", there's a shot at the beginning of the episode where the camera comes right through a transparent dome. It's evident that the Enterprise at least had a transparent dome at some point.

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I edited my question to add a picture of it. Thanks! –  Major Stackings Mar 23 '12 at 23:40
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No. What you see is a retro filming style. The Dome was opaque.
I have discovered a scene in Season 3 Episode 2 to prove it:
Dome of USS Enterprise NCC-1701 from inside

Thanks to @TangoOversway for the screenshot idea..

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Uh, that's the same part of the dome that I show in the screen shots -- the part above the red boarder on the lower ceiling with the lights on it. –  Tango Mar 24 '12 at 16:38
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But, it covers a large part of dome & gives a feeling that its really a dome (from interior view). –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 24 '12 at 16:44
    
No more than shown in the wide shot of the empty bridge. Both basically come to the limit of the "dome" on the original bridge set. –  Tango Mar 24 '12 at 17:01
    
The point is to cover upper part of dome.. not surface area! –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 24 '12 at 17:04
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I like this answer. The image really makes the dome visible. –  Kalamane May 12 '12 at 20:42
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The top dome over the bridge is opaque. Here are a few screenshots from various episodes to illustrate that. (By the way, that's an exterior light, not a view of the Bridge.)

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None of your photos display bottom-to-up view of dome.. –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 24 '12 at 1:12
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@SachinShekhar: While they don't show directly overhead, they do show the dome itself. And if you look at the models, such as the one linked to, there is a lit area above or overhead, so nothing on the exterior indicates any window, either. –  Tango Mar 24 '12 at 4:03
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