Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site!

July will have a lot of activity going on at DSO! We will be doing daytime solar viewing outreach many days, weather permitting. Solar viewing is open today (Tuesday 7/25), until late afternoon or the arrival of storm clouds! Come on out!

We have TWO Evening at DSO events this month!  The first, was ion Saturday the 15th.

The second event is on Saturday the 29th, from 9:00-11:00 (a bit earlier as sunset moves earlier), and you can find tickets at our Webconnex ticketing site by clicking here.

Note these are two independent events and tickets to one are not good at the other event.

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.


Transit of Mercury
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:22am
We will have a public event at DSO Monday, 10 am - 1:45 pm, to view the transit of Mercury across...
The next DSO Public Night is announced on the home page now.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:35pm
We have moved the announcements of the Public Nights to the main text are of the Home Page, and no...
The new Dean Glace 17-inch telescope
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:00am
A new telescope has been assembled at Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory with the...
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