The UK has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe. You can find dark skies near where you live, if you can get away from bright lights such as street lighting. That could be in your back garden, a local park, or getting out of town altogether. From a city centre location we might see about 100 stars with our naked eyes, and the further away from the streetlights you go, the better the view becomes. Under a really dark sky we can see over 1,000 stars. We can even see our own galaxy, The Milky Way, stretching across the sky.

We are blessed to have one designated Dark Sky area right on our doorstep in the Brecon Beacons. Not only is it a beautiful place, but a true stargazers heaven. In fact you could probably see the heavens it’s so perfect there. In the top ten list of places in the UK to watch the stars, the Brecon Beacons is right up at number one.

You can join fellow enthusiasts as they go stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening. Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!

  • Small group astronomy tuition
  • Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
  • Learn how to recognise constellations
  • Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Experience the night sky on an evenings adventure in the Brecon Beacons as Dark Sky Wales team navigate you around the constellations, planets, nebulae and galaxies. Using telescopes to explore the moon and planets in detail and venture further into the depths of the universe. Take things a little further and image the night sky maybe capturing the death of a star or the birth of another planet. Nothing is impossible!

The start time varies according to the time of year to ensure darkness. They generally hold the evenings in the region of the LD3 8ER postcode or within a couple of miles. Bookings can be taken for special bespoke group sessions, with the Astronomer travelling to you if requested and if the site is suitable. There are provisions to ensure that even if the weather is a little unaccommodating there will still be opportunities to use the equipment and learn about the skies, but there is a risk of the activity being cancelled in the event of forecast gales or predicted cloud cover. In this instance they will contact you in advance.

They have a lot of dates coming up this year, each of the group stargazing session are £22.15, apart from those we’ve marked, which include the photography session. We reckon it’ll be a fantastic experience with some amazing views and photographs at the end of it. We’ve put the dates and relevant links below if you’d like more information and to book a place.

On Friday 16th October they have a complete stargazing weekend, with two days of astronomical tuition and observation set in the wonderful dark skies of Staylittle in Mid Wales. The workshop is aimed at all levels of experience with the aim of getting you more accustomed to astronomy, the night sky and taking your own images. Apart from staying in a deluxe Wigwam cabin, they have a packed few days for you.

  • DAY 1
  • 4.00pm Arrive at the Hafren.
  • 6.00pm Introductory Lecture – The basics of Astronomy
  • 7.00pm Break
  • 7.30pm Equipment – Introduction to astronomical equipment.
  • 9.00pm Break
  • 10.00pm Astronomical Observation and Astrophotography (weather permitting)
  • 2.30am Finish for the night
  • DAY 2
  • The day is left free for you to explore the wonderful scenery of Mid Wales.
  • 6.00pm Lecture – What’s in the night sky?
  • 7.00pm Break
  • 7.30pm Astrophotography – Landscape and deep sky imaging.
  • 9.00pm Break
  • 10.00pm Astronomical Observation and Astrophotography (weather permitting)
  • 2.30am Finish for the night
  • DAY 3
  • 12.00pm Leave

The full list of date is…………

The events are put together by Dark Sky Wales. They specialise and supply world class educators and astronomers to schools in the UK. They have a range of exciting workshops and strong industrial partnerships with one simple aim: to inspire young minds.

The training site provides these guided tours of the night sky from some of Wales darkest locations. They have so many other things running for families, larger groups and prices to fit all budgets, with a variety of activities from fun one off sessions to fully accredited courses. If you’d like to see everything they have on offer, go here. DARK

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