Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! The skies are mostly clear right now at DSO so we are going to have the Public Night as planned. We will be there regardless of changes in the weather but we may send update emails up to near event time. Ticket-holders should arrive between 9:15 and 9:30. See you there!
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.