Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site! Our next Evening at DSO event, on Saturday, November 18th is ON! It is sold out, too.  The weather forecast is not looking great but we will meet regardless.  If it is cloudy we will have a PowerPoint slide show on what is in the sky, astronomy in th enews,  what our facility is like, and the science we do.  Plus some info on light pollution.  We will tour the facility and steer around the telescope, and talk about how we do our work. There will be free coffee, tea, and hot choclolate (appropriate for the cold forecast!).

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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