Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Milky Way Over the Spanish Peaks

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

May 29: Last Quarter (06:12)
Jun 2: Saturn at Opposition
Jun 3: Mercury 0.7° North of the Moon
Jun 3: Moon at Perigee (224,403 mi; 361,142 km)
Jun 4: New Moon (21:00)
Jun 5: Mercury at Greatest Elongation 24.2° West
Jun 10: Regulus 2.0° North of the Moon
Jun 11: Jupiter 1.5° North of the Moon