Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, KA6 7PZ

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Location description

The SDSO occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. Equipped with two large telescopes and running a full program of stargazing events throughout the whole year this location is one of the premier stargazing locations in the UK.


Location event organiser

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory 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

24/03/17
18:00
4%
24/03/17
21:00
1%
25/03/17
00:00
1%
25/03/17
03:00
1%
Weather forecast for Dalmellington (2.28 miles away) updated 22/03/17 at 20:01.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site 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 Scottish Dark Sky 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.

Forthcoming events at this location

Dark Sky Friday at SDSO

Friday 24th March 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Dark Sky Friday at SDSO

Friday 31st March 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

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

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 6th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Friday 7th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 8th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Wednesday 12th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 13th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

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

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 15th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Wednesday 19th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

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

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Friday 21st April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

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

Lyrid Meteor Shower at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Sunday 23rd April 2017 from 21:30pm to 23:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Wednesday 26th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 27th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

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

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 29th April 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

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When to visit

The best time to visit Scottish Dark Sky Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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