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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Dalmellington
 
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Phone:
01292 551118

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Address:
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Craigengillan
Dalmellington
KA6 7PZ


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The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publicily accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.

The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association.

This new observatory includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands-on, open air observing experience.

The observatory is  open to the public, amateur astronomers, groups, clubs, schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds with the beauty and wonder of the universe.

Because of the nature of the site, most night/evening visits must be pre-booked. Please check the ‘Events Calendar’ on our website: www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk 

Please also note that the road to the observatory is rough and unfinished and steep in places, whilst it is passable with ordinary vehicles, care must be taken.

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