Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Flare and the Galaxy

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

Sep 4: Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (27°), 4 am MDT
Sep 5: Third Quarter (03:56 AM)
Sep 7-Nov 19: Southern Taurid meteor shower
Sep 10: The Moon passes 3° north of Venus, midnight MDT
Sep 10: The Moon passes 5° south of Mars, 5 pm MDT
Sep 13: New Moon (12:42 AM)
Sep 13: Partial solar eclipse (south Africa, Antartica), 1 am MDT
Sep 14: Moon at apogee at 05:28 (252,566 mi, farthest in 2015)