Lime Tree Observatory

Lime Tree Farm, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Location description

Located in the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Lime Tree Observatory benefits from a remote but accessible location under the darkest of skies. The observatory is run by experienced astronomers who have a fantastic ability to communicate the science of Astronomy to their guests. A visit to this is facility is one that, no matter age or experience, everyone would enjoy.

Location event organiser

Lime Tree 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 Masham (2.49 miles away) updated 23/03/19 at 16:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a 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 Lime Tree Observatory

This location's 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

Lime Tree Observatory Lyrid Meteor Shower

Wednesday 17th April 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Solar Observing at Lime Tree Observatory

Saturday 6th July 2019 from 13:00pm to 15:00pm
Solar Observing

Lime Tree Observatory Open Evening

Tuesday 16th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)


When to visit

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

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