Stargazing for Absolute Beginners

Stargazing for Absolute Beginners

Saturday 4th April 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Penbont House Tearooms, Bed and Breakfast
Penbont House, Elan Valley, LH6 5HS

Spend a magical evening learning about the night sky in the heart of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park. Following a delicious buffet, astronomer and broadcaster Pete Williamson will talk about how to get started with recognising some of the brighter constellations with unaided eyes, what equipment to use for viewing the Moon, planets and other objects. He will also show you what to look out for in the night sky during the spring season.

If the night is clear, there will be an opportunity to look through some telescopes to see the Moon and its craters, star clusters and more. Please bring some warm clothing and torches. Places are limited so please book.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 04/04/2020


Event organiser

Elan Valley Trust

Elan Valley Trust is organising this event

Please contact Elan Valley Trust directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.


Event booking

Reservations for this event can be made via the Eventbrite website. Please contact the venue for all enquiries.

Visit event website

Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. 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.



Stay and gaze nearby

  • Dolgoch Hostel

    Abergwesyn, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR, Wales (9.6 miles away)

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Stay & Gaze

    More info
  • Little Hill Lodges

    Little Hill Barn, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5NY (10.9 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

    More info
  • Caer Beris

    Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3NP (12.4 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

    More info
  • Tyn Cornel Hostel

    Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH, Wales (13.3 miles away)

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Stay & Gaze

    More info
  • Hafren Forest Bunkhouse

    The Old Weather Station, Staylittle, SY19 7DB (14.6 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

    More info
  • Llanerchindda Farm

    Cynghordy, Llandovery, SA20 0NB (16.0 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

    More info