Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory!

We are having our event for the NC Science Festival's Statewide Star Party, via Zoom, on Saturday, April 17, 2021! This will allow us to show you objects in the sky via the telescope's camera, including the Moon, Mars, star clusters, double stars, nebulae and galaxies, in a safe environment--your home!.  There will be one session that will start with us gathering by Zoom after 8:00, and starting to view by about 8:30.  It will last a couple of hours. There is an low-price ticket option per family or viewing group, of $5.00, to cover ticketing costs.  Three other options are available if you wish to donate more (thanks!). In any case, you only need to get one ticket for your family or viewing group--a bargain! Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom session invitation link the afternoon of the event, with the password. As usual, all donations and ticket charges go into supporting our outreach activities, and none goes to the astronomers--this is part of our public service!

If the event is clouded/rained out we may have an alternate date, or we may just have an "Ask an Astronomer" evening with a PowerPoint tour of DSO and Q&A--we will decide on that if needed. Please install the free Zoom app on your device (available for Windows, Apple, and your smart phone or iPad), to make your experience the best it can be. If you do not do that in advance, Zoom will offer that when you click on the emailed event link--it just takes about a minute to install. You may wish to set up a free Zoom account but that is not necessary to attend our event.

Get tickets for the event by clicking here.

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 used 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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