Welcome to Dark Sky New Mexico

Our prime location offers the superior star viewing optics and astrophotography. We have some of the darkest skies, the best amateur astronomers, and great support services at an exceptional value. Come join our growing roster of remote astrophotographers and be part of the community.  We have several ways to participate, please go to the Join Us page to start the process today. We look forward to welcoming you.



Some of the finest amateur astronomers in the world call Dark Sky New Mexico their home. Many of their photos have appeared in Astronomy Magazine, Sky & Telescope Magazine among others. 



Dark Sky New Mexico has some of the darkest skies anywhere. We're located in Hidalgo County New Mexico, population 4654, 35 miles from Lordsburg, the county seat. Our location is over 4,600 feet above sea level, with virtually no light and atmospheric pollution, and features clean, dry desert air. We believe that our site provides some of the best night sky observation conditions for astrophotography that you can find anywhere.

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Help and Support

We provide 24/7 site support and security. Mechanical problems with observatories can generally be resolved on a same day basis and IT support for our fiber internet network is also available. Repair service to mounts, computer equipment etc. is available on a per-call basis. On-site accommodations (apartments, ranch house, and RV spaces) are arranged for visitors.


Animas, New Mexico

At 4,600 feet (1,400 meters) above sea level, DSNM’s location is ideal for observing and astroimaging. Local weather reports more than 300 clear days and nights each year. Meteorologists classify the region as semiarid, and the site receives an average of only 14 inches (36 centimeters) of rain per year, mostly during the southwestern monsoon season. The sky clarity and the steadiness of the air make superb observation conditions.