Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! The Dark Sky Observatory Public Night tonight, Saturday, December 7, 2013, has been CANCELLED due to worsening clouds and weather in general. Check back here or follow us on Facebook for the announcement of the next public event. 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.