Located at Durlston Country Park is an observatory hosting a large aperture 14″ Meade telescope and facilities for talks and presentations with stargazing events run by Wessex Astronomical Society. Note that out of hours access to this location is only available when stargazing events are on.
Location events organiser
Weather forecast for Swanage Youth Hostel (0.9 miles away) updated 11/08/22 at 16:00.
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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Below is a list of events at Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory. View these events on a calendar.