Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Light Pillars over Alaska

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

Feb 8: New Moon (07:39)
Feb 10: Moon at Perigee (226,402 mi; 364,358 km)
Feb 12: Mercury 4.0° of Venus
Feb 15: First Quarter (00:46)
Feb 16: Aldebaran 0.3° South of the Moon
Feb 22: Regulus 2.5° North of the Moon
Feb 22: Full Moon (11:20)
Feb 23: Jupiter 1.7° North of the Moon