Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site! Given the increasing clouds and appearance of showers and storms all over the region, tonight's Public Night has been canceled. I am sorry for the poor weather this spring--some of the worst I can remember!
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.