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.
Experienced astronomers run the facility with a fantastic ability to communicate the science of Astronomy to their guests.
As of September 2021, the observatory is not hosting regular open evenings. However, you can arrange private stargazing sessions at a very reasonable rate! Contact the observatory directly for more details.
A visit to this facility is one that everyone would enjoy, no matter their age or experience.
The classroom at Lime Tree Observatory is warm, welcoming and fun! It’s an excellent place for families!
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Weather forecast for Masham (2.5 miles away) updated 09/12/21 at 04:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing. See our dark sky calendar for more details.