Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the DSO web site! Our next Evening at DSO event is on Saturday, March 24th! We will have two 1.5-hour sessions, from 7:30-9:00 pm and from 9:30-11:00 pm, each limited to about 30 attendees. This month will feature a first quarter Moon that will be visible through most sky conditions! We will also still have other objects like the the Andromeda Galaxy, the fantastic Orion Nebula, and other galaxies . If thick clouds prevent observing, we will have a PowerPoint, facility tour, and talk with astronomers. Tickets may be obtained 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.


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