The Moffat Community Observatory offers a fantastic astronomical resource to the local community, complementing the town’s Dark Sky Town status as recognised by the International Dark-Sky Association.
Constructed of two log cabins and a three-metre diameter dome, the observatory houses a professional telescope offering beautiful views of various night sky objects. In addition, the venue is the proud home of the enthusiastic astronomers of Moffat Astronomy Club.
The observatory opened in October 2021 and from November that year will be accepting bookings via the Moffat Astronomy website.
Unfortunately, the facility is already under threat from the proposed construction of a vast farm of wind turbines on nearby Scoop Hill. So we ask those who the development will adversely impact to support Moffat Astronomy Club’s objections to the scheme.
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Weather forecast for Moffat (0.5 miles away) updated 23/05/22 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.