23 and 25 March – Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

February 19th, 2015Comments Off on 23 and 25 March – Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Helen Henderson, Events Organiser, arranged two visits to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory on 23 and 25 March.

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park.  It is within the magical surroundings of Craigengillan, rated by Historic Scotland as one of the top four Designed Landscapes in the country, on a par with Culzean and Drumlanrig and ahead of even Balmoral.

This new public observatory lies within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park near Dalmellington, under some of the darkest skies in the UK.  Galloway Forest Dark Park is the only Dark Sky Park in the UK and the only IDA (International Dark-Sky Association) gold tier park to have a public use observatory.

The visit will include an introductory presentation about the Observatory by our Resident Astronomer, David Warrington, followed by a tour of the facility and telescopes, then (weather permitting) some naked-eye viewing and viewing through the telescopes.   If the weather is inclement, our Astronomer has a range of presentations to keep your group entertained for the duration of the visit.

The visit fee is £8.00 and the travel will be an additional £5.00. There will be a pick-up at Kirkcudbright Harbour at 5.45 pm and Castle Douglas Market Place at 6.00 pm. Return (depending on traffic) will be about 10.00 to 10.30 pm.  Please note the closing date for bookings for this trip is 13th March.

If you are interested in this trip, please  use our web ‘Contact Us‘ and supply the following details:

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Pick up: Kirkcudbright or Castle Douglas

Preferred date: 23rd or 25th March

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