Caradon Observatory

Upton Cross, Liskeard, PL14 5BQ


Location description

Caradon Observatory occupies a fantastic dark sky location on the Eastern edge of Bodmin Moor.  The four domes house a variety on instruments including both reflecting, refracting and solar telescopes.

The facility's current primary focus is research and education however has plans to open up it's observatory doors to visitors.

The observatory is leading the way in the campaign for Bodmin Moor to receive Dark Sky Park status from the International Dark Skies Association, this to help reduce local light pollution and protect the wonderful starry skies above.

Location event organiser

Caradon Observatory organises stargazing events at this location.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Draynes (5.07 miles away) updated 27/03/17 at 06:01.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Caradon Observatory

This location's dark site setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location.


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When to visit

The best time to visit Caradon Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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