Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory Visit

Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory Visit

Whenever I have a chance to visit the ASU Observatory I jump at the chance. They have a public outreach event once a month and it sells out fast, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale, you won’t be disappointed.

The 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.

For more information contact:

Daniel B. Caton,
Observatory director
828-262-2446 (daytime, weekdays)
Fax: 828-262-2049
catondb@appstate.edu

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Here are few images I took during my visit.