Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! With the weather staying cloudy and rainy, and the forecast for more of the same along with thunderstorms, the DSO Public Night for tonight, Friday, September 12, 2014, has been canceled. Please try again next month!
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.