Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory

Welcome to the Dark Sky Observatory!

We are having our next DSO event on Saturday, August 28, 2021! We hope to leave the virtual public night mode behind and go back to in-person events if vaccination rates increase and the current increase in COVID cases does not lead to a new outbreak. Details and a link to ticketing will be posted here as we approach the event date.


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 used 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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