Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The El Gordo Massive Galaxy Cluster

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 permanently mounted 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

Apr 16-Apr 25: Lyrid meteor shower
Apr 19-May 26: Eta Aquariid meteor shower
Apr 25: Venus 4.4° south of the Moon
Apr 29: New Moon
May 1: Aldebaran 2.0° south of the Moon
May 4: Jupiter 5.5° north of the Moon
May 5-May 6: PEAK: Eta Aquariid meteor shower
May 6: Moon at apogee at 4:24 AM (251,252 mi)