Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Cave with Aurora Skylight

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

Jul 11-Aug 10: Alpha Capricornids meteor shower
Jul 13-Aug 26: Perseid meteor shower
Jul 21-Aug 23: Delta Aquariid meteor shower
Jul 22: Aldebaran 1.8° south of the Moon
Jul 24: Venus 4.4° north of the Moon
Jul 26: New Moon
Jul 27-Jul 28: PEAK: Delta Aquariid meteor shower
Jul 27: Moon at apogee at 9:39 PM (252,634 mi, farthest in 2014)