Blue Ridge Observatory
Astrophotography by David Collings
 Copyright 2016 - 2017 David Collings    Sparta, NC - Blue Ridge Observatory
 Blue Ridge Observatory Dedicated to the art of Astrophotography The Blue Ridge Observatory is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  The skies here are pretty dark and the Milky Way can be seen from horizon to horizon making it very desirable for CCD telescope imaging. The nearest large city that produces light pollution is ~100 miles away.  Elevation here is 3000 ft. above sea level making for beautiful daytime views. The roof is motorized and rolls completely off onto the gantry behind the observatory.  Here in the mountains we have a variety of wildlife.  At night you can hear the deer, bobcats, and coyotes.  There are deer on the property day and night but occasionally I worry about a black bear wandering up to the observatory when in use.  We have had sightings here but so far the black bears have only been seen in the daytime.
Sparta, North Carolina