Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site!

The Evening at DSO event for Saturday, 1/18/2020 has been CANCELED due to the forecast of dangerous travel conditions from Saturday morning through the evening.

The National Weather Service has issues a Winter Weather Advisory that includes "IMPACTS...Expect slippery and potentially hazardous travel conditions beginning early Saturday morning through early evening."

Ticket holders should check their email for a message about what we do under these circumstances (the message should arrive later today).

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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