Copyright 2016 - 2018 David Collings Sparta, NC - Blue Ridge Observatory
Blue Ridge ObservatoryDedicated to the art of AstrophotographyThe 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. My observatory is now automated and autonomous when needed. Prism 10 Advanced software has made this all possible.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.