Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site!
Our next Evening at DSO event that was scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd, has bee canceled due to certain clouds and possible late wintry mix. Please try again in January!
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.