Double Star Observatory

Double Star Observatory

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Dark Sand Cascades on Mars

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 19-Dec 10: Northern Taurid meteor shower
Nov 5-Nov 30: Leonid meteor shower
Dec 3: Third Quarter (12:42 AM)
Dec 3: The Moon passes 1.8° south of Jupiter, 11 pm MST
Dec 4-Dec 16: Geminid meteor shower
Dec 5: Moon at apogee at 07:56 (251,531 mi)
Dec 5: The Moon passes 0.1° south of Mars, 8 pm MST
Dec 7: The Moon passes 0.7° north of Venus, 10 am MST