Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site! 

Our next Evening at DSO event will be Saturday, October 22nd. This will also be near the peak of the Orionid meteor shower, offering a bonus, naked-eye target! Observing through the telescope will still be the main goal, but if it is cloudy we will have indoor activities, including a PowerPoint slide show, tour of the scope and facilities, and conversation with astronomers. Due to Daylight Time, we will have one session only, from 8:00 - 10:00 pm. Tickets are required, and limited, and are available at our Webconnex ticketing page found by clicking here.

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.


Transit of Mercury
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:22am
We will have a public event at DSO Monday, 10 am - 1:45 pm, to view the transit of Mercury across...
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...
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