Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site! 

While skies are nice as I write this Friday afternoon, the weather forecast is not good for Saturday night. More updates will be sent by email and posted as the front moves in tomorrow. A final decision will be made Saturday and emails will be sent out with that information. Ticket holders should check email, the DSO Facebook feed, and/or this DSO web site to confirm the final decision before traveling to DSO. Tickets are still available for the late session, and  are free but you must reserve and print them. Find the ticketing at our Webconnex ticketing site by clicking the Webconnex link.

Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory is the research facility used by faculty and their students to conduct observational research in astrophysics. It is equipped with four telescopes, each used regularly for CCD imaging and photometry, with spectrographic instrumentation also available at the 32-inch. Established in 1981, the observatory is located about 20 miles northeast of Boone at an elevation of a kilometer. Far from major cities, its dark skies provide a good setting for digital imaging and spectroscopy done in stellar and solar system research projects.


The next DSO Public Night is announced on the home page now.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:35pm
We have moved the announcements of the Public Nights to the main text are of the Home Page, and no...
The new Dean Glace 17-inch telescope
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:00am
A new telescope has been assembled at Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory with the...
Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 12:00am
The image at right is the "first light" color composite image taken the first night of use of the...
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