Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Propeller Shadows on Saturn's Rings

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

Oct 18-Oct 26: Orionid Meteor Shower
Oct 26: Venus 3.0° North of Antares
Oct 28: Jupiter 1.4° South of the Moon
Oct 30: New Moon (11:38)
Oct 31: Moon at Apogee (252,687 mi; 406,660 km)
Nov 2: Saturn 3.7° South of the Moon
Nov 4: Southern Taurid Meteor Shower
Nov 6: Mars 5.3° South of the Moon