Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

Astronomy Picture of the Day

W5: The Soul of Star Formation

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

Dec 7-Dec 15: Geminid Meteor Shower
Dec 10: Mercury at Greatest Elong: 20.8° East
Dec 12: Moon at Perigee (222,739 mi; 358,463 km)
Dec 12: Aldebaran 0.5° South of the Moon
Dec 13: Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks (Moon 99%)
Dec 13: Full Moon (17:06)
Dec 16: Beehive 4.1° North of the Moon
Dec 17-Dec 24: Ursid Meteor Shower