Durlston Astronomy Centre

Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

Location description

Located at Durlston Country Park is an observatory hosting a large aperture 14" Meade telescope and facilities for talks and presentations with stargazing events run by Wessex Astronomical Society. Note that out of hours access to this location is only available when stargazing events are on.


Location event organiser

Wessex Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.


Dark sky discovery site

Designated dark sky location accessible by members of the public these sites often have free overnight car parking, sometimes have toilet facilities however never allow overnight camping.


Observatory

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


Tonight's weather forecast

29/03/17
19:00
12°
8%
29/03/17
22:00
12°
5%
30/03/17
01:00
11°
8%
30/03/17
04:00
11°
12%
Weather forecast for Swanage Youth Hostel (0.90 miles away) updated 29/03/17 at 12:00.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a semi-rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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

When to stargaze at Durlston Astronomy Centre

This location's semi-rural 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.

Forthcoming events at this location

Durlston Stargazing

Saturday 1st April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Durlston Stargazing

Friday 14th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Durlston Stargazing

Friday 28th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Saturday 12th August 2017 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 25th August 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 29th September 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Saturday 7th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 27th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 17th November 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Saturday 25th November 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

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When to visit

The best time to visit Durlston Astronomy Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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