The Markshall Estate is a beautiful conservation area comprising of ancient woodland, botanical gardens and arboretum. From a stargazer’s perspective, the location benefits from being away from the worst light pollution from Braintree and Colchester and offers some excellent views of the skies. The Markshall Estate hosts stargazing events organised by North Essex Astronomical Society.
Location events organiser
North Essex Astronomical Society organises events at this location
Please contact North Essex Astronomical Society directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location
Weather forecast for Halstead (3.7 miles away) updated 04/12/23 at 20:00.
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.
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