Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! Weather is looking great for tonight's Dark Sky Observatory Public Night! Some passing clouds in a basically dry cold front should not bother us. Ticket holders should show up in the 15-minute time window before their schedules session. See you there! For those who do not have tickets for tonight's event, please check back here or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get the announcement of the November event.
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.