Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! Our next Dark Sky Observatory Public Night will be on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Due to the late sunset, there will be only one session, from 9:30 - 11:30 pm. You must have a ticket--to get free tickets go to our Webconnex ticketing site 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.