Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site! 

Our next Evening at DSO event will be Saturday, November 17th. There will be two sessions, from 7:00-8:30 pm, and 9:00 - 10:30 pm, each session limited to about 30 tickets. The just past quarter moon will be a major target--take home a cell phone pic of the Moon! Other targets include Neptune, Uranus, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. For tickets, visit our Webconnex ticketing site.

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.


Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 12:00am
The image at right is the "first light" color composite image taken the first night of use of the...
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