Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Messier Craters in Stereo

The Double Star Observatory is a private and remote astronomical viewing site located at 6600' elevation in southwest Colorado. The clear, dark skies of the Four Corners region offer breathtaking views of the Milky Way and perfect conditions to see amazing, deep sky objects found in our universe. Light pollution maps and our own observations rate our night skies a three (3) on the Bortle scale with a limiting magnitude of 6.6 to 7.0.

The observatory is a roll-off roof structure that is divided into a 14' x 18' observing area and a 14' x 8' control room. The observing area holds four telescopes that have been accurately aligned so that celestial objects stay centered in the eyepiece or camera over long periods of time. The open nature of the roll-off observatory allows all telescopes to track different objects at the same time.

Upcoming Celestial Events

Jun 1: The Moon passes 1.9° north of Saturn, 2 pm MDT
Jun 2: Full Moon (10:21 AM)
Jun 6: Venus is at greatest eastern elongation (45°), noon MDT
Jun 8: The Moon passes 3° north of Neptune, 9 pm MDT
Jun 9: Third Quarter (09:43 AM)
Jun 9: Moon at perigee at 22:39 (229,729 mi)
Jun 11: The Moon passes 0.5° south of Uranus, 2 pm MDT
Jun 14: The Moon passes 0.04° south of Mercury, 8 pm MDT