Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site!

Our next event at DSO, will be on Saturday, October 5th. Our main targets will be the first quarter Moon and Saturn. Other targets include Neptune, star clusters, and galaxies. Tickets may 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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