Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! With another round of bad weather moving in, a NWS Storm Warning from tonight through early Sunday morning, we are cancelling the Public Night tomorrow night, Saturday, 2/21/15. The next Public Night, in March, will be announced in the next week or two.
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.