Events

Nov
30
Fri
Stargazing Weekend
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm

DESCRIPTION

Dark Sky Wales presents a two days of astronomical tuition and observation set in the wonderful dark skies of Staylittle in Mid Wales. The workshop is aimed at all levels of experience with the aim of getting you more accustomed to astronomy, the night sky and taking your own images.

Accommodation

On site there are 6 Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins, each built and finished to the highest standard for the ultimate glamping experience. Each cabin sleeps up to 4 adults and or a family of 5 and provide the following facilities;

1 double bed and 1 double sofa bed with memory foam mattresses.
En-suite shower room with shower, basin, heated towel rail, toilet, and toilet rolls.
Kitchenette fitted with electric 2 hot plate hob, full sized fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and sink.
Crockery for 4 guests (including cutlery, bowls, dinner plates, side plates, mugs, acrylic tumblers, chopping board, tin opener and wine glasses.
• Pans (includes saucepan, frypan and cooking utensils)
• Dining table and four chairs.
• Electric wall heater
• Flat screen TV; Free Sat & WiFi available
• Small torch for emergencies.
• Lockable French doors leading to private decking area with picnic bench.
• Deluxe fire pit/bbq – (firestarter packs and logs can be purchased upon arrival)
• All electricity, heating and hot water.
• Hair dryer
• Luv Tubs (available with 2 of the Wigwam® Cabins)
In each Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabin:
• Electric Heater
• Toilet
• Shower
• Hob
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Kettle
• Washing up facilities

Itinerary

Day 1
4.00pm Arrive at the Hafren.
6.00pm Introductory Lecture – The basics of Astronomy
7.00pm Break
7.30pm Equipment – Introduction to astronomical equipment.
9.00pm Break
10.00pm Astronomical Observation and Astrophotography (weather permitting)
2.30am Finish for the night

Day 2

The day is left free for you to explore the wonderful scenery of Mid Wales.
6.00pm Lecture – What’s in the night sky?
7.00pm Break
7.30pm Astrophotography – Landscape and deep sky imaging.
9.00pm Break
10.00pm Astronomical Observation and Astrophotography (weather permitting)
2.30am Finish for the night

Day 3

12.00pm Leave Hafren

The event will go ahead despite weather conditions with alternative activities provided.

Dec
7
Fri
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Dec
8
Sat
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Dec
14
Fri
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Jan
4
Fri
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Jan
5
Sat
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Jan
11
Fri
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Elan Valley @ Elan Valley

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Jan
12
Sat
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Feb
2
Sat
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing and Astrophotography Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre Libanus

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
Small group astronomy tuition
Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
Learn how to recognise constellations
Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas

Feb
8
Fri
Group Stargazing Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Group Stargazing Brecon Beacons @ Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre

 

Join astronomers from Dark Sky Wales at the Brecon Beacons Observatory in the heart of Wales first International Dark Sky Reserve. As part of a group you will use the observatories telescope and a variety of portable telescopes located in the grounds. In case of inclement weather astronomical talks will be provided in a warm room located near the observatory.

View the night sky from Wales first International Dark Sky Reserve
Learn from Dark Sky Wales astronomers
Use advanced telescopes to view the night sky and image celestial object