Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory
Welcome to the DSO web site!
Our regular Evening at DSO event is this coming Saturday, the 29th. There are two sessions to choose from--8:30-10 and 10:30-midnight. Celestial targets will include galaxies, star clusters, and the planet Jupiter and its moons. Tickets for the April 29th Evening at DSO event may be obtained 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.