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 as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely 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

24/01/18
18:00
11%
24/01/18
21:00
26%
25/01/18
00:00
30%
Weather forecast for Swanage Youth Hostel (0.90 miles away) updated 24/01/18 at 06:00.

Location 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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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

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 26th January 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Saturday 24th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Saturday 24th March 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Saturday 7th April 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 20th April 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 17th August 2018 from 20:45pm to 22:45pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 31st August 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Sunday 16th September 2018 from 19:45pm to 21:45pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Sunday 14th October 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 26th October 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Sunday 25th November 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Friday 14th December 2018 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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