Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! The next Public Night will be held March 22nd, assuming all goes well with our mid-month recoating of the telesocpe mirrors. Click here to go to the Webconnex site to get tickets. You can get more information about the Public Night activities at the PUBLIC ACCESS page linked at the top of this page.
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.