Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site!

Our next Evening at DSO event will be on "Leap Night," Saturday, February 29th. There will be two possible sessions for you to attend, 7:00-8:30 pm, or 9:00- 10:30 pm. Our possible targets include the first quarter Moon, Uranus, the Orion Nebula, nearby star Betelgeuse (in the news lately--about to supernova?), star clusters, and galaxies. The early session will also see Venus. Tickets must be obtained online at our Webconnex ticketing site, 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 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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