OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

Davagh Forest, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

Location description

Scheduled to open in April 2020 and unfortunately delayed to coronavirus the visitor centre in Davagh Forest will enable easy access to nearby mountain bike trail routes and forest walks by day and exploration of the fantastic dark skies by night. The centre is home to an observatory equipped with a large 14″ aperture telescope perfect for observing the Universe above!

Location event organiser

OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory 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 Slieveavaddy (3.63 miles away) updated 26/03/21 at 18:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site 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 OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

This location's dark site 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.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 2 events with the last one being on 4th April 2020 organised by OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory.


When to visit

The best time to visit OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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