I don't think the ship's overall length would matter whether it had that dome on the front of the sensor dish or not...
Okay... so this basically shows that you really have no idea what you were talking about when you said...
"...it would appear that at least one ST-fan had actually measured the ship based on various markings on the ships hull and confirmed the 1,080 foot figure."
It is even worse when you were misrepresenting something you know nothing about.
Just out of curiosity, do you know
what you were talking about? Maybe you could link back to the person you are getting this info from... but I sure hope it wasn't me
If you don't actually know what you are saying... consider not saying it. We don't need this misinformation. So again I ask, please don't misstate the facts as some form of justification for your wanting a large ship.