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Stargazing Evening for 2, Ayrshire
- Situated in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
- Enjoy a presentation by our Resident Astronomer
- Have the chance to star gaze through a robotic 20” ‘Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope'
This fantastic experience will ‘wow’ you with fascinating facts about our solar system and beyond.
Opened in 2012, the observatory is situated upon a hilltop on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park in the magical surroundings of Craigengillan Estate. It’s the only protected ‘Dark Sky Park’ in Scotland and the only International Dark-Sky Association Park to have a publicly accessible observatory.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed into the observatory by the Resident Astronomer for an evening of stargazing. You will be welcomed into the activity room and will then enjoy a presentation about the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory and the work that it does.
Afterwards, you’ll have a tour of this fantastic observatory, the Resident Astronomer will demonstrate the use of the telescopes and, depending on weather, you’ll have the chance to stargaze. There is a robotic 20” ‘Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope’ situated in a 5-meter dome that pivots to gain access to the night sky. You’ll also have the opportunity to gaze through the 14” ‘Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope’ for a more hands-on, out in the open, experience. The Astronomer will explain what you are gazing at, including constellations of the solar system, spectroscopy and photography.
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