Breckland Astronomical Observatory

Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

Location description

Home of Breckland Astronomical Society and listed as a Dark Sky Discovery Site, this observatory houses a large 20″ aperture telescope and an enthusiastic group of amateur astronomers. Members of the public are welcome to join them for meetings and observing sessions by prior arrangement.

Location event organiser

Breckland 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 and most do not allow overnight camping.


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

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Great Ellingham (0.38 miles away) updated 27/03/21 at 04:00.

Location light pollution

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

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

When to stargaze at Breckland Astronomical Observatory

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

Breckland Observatory Open Night

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17
Friday 30th April 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Observing (if clear)

Breckland Observatory Open Night

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17
Friday 28th May 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Observing (if clear)


When to visit

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

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