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Astronomy Adventures

DSW provides bespoke astronomical tours for small groups and individuals throughout Wales. Each evening’s activity is tailored to your needs be that a tour of the heavens or astroimaging we can provide the expertise for you to enjoy some of the darkest skies in the UK.

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Astronomy Education

DSW provide courses for the very beginner all the way through to the most experienced of astronomers. Each course is delivered by professional educators with many years experience teaching astronomy at University, Adult Education and schools.

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Professional Services

DSW has vast experience working with local authorities, National Parks and other parties in the development of Dark Sky Discovery Sites, Parks and Reserves. From the Brecon Beacons to Anglesey and Pembrokeshire to Rhondda Cynon Taff DSW experts have assisted in the development of dark sky tourism by undertaking valuable dark sky surveys, astronomical events and training for staff.

We Love Looking Up!

Vic Tatler
Vic Tatler
Curious
The evening was fantastic – Alan’s knowledge is unbelievable. He was so helpful and really explained what we were seeing, as well as giving us advice so that we could try and find some of the constellations from home. I have been highly recommending him!
Matt
Matt
Local Enthusiast
At last the weather in Brecon came good and we had a wonderful time on Saturday night. Allan’s staggering wealth of knowledge gave us a great insight into what is out there. Together with all the wonderful equipment that he brought and had set-up on arrival, we were able to see quite a lot of it.
Libby Tempest
Libby Tempest
Teacher
Had a WONDERFUL night, definitely well worth waiting for! Basically I thought the whole experience was fantastic – the sky from the location Allan had chosen was spectacular in itself, never mind when we started to look through binoculars and telescopes. We had wonderful views of the Moon, Venus and Mars early on – then when it grew darker, Jupiter was beautiful and I saw 2 of it’s little moons. Allan explained about constellations, different galaxies, star clusters, nebulae etc etc but he didn’t overwhelm us with information – he knows that some of the time, you just need to be given time to look and observe (and gawp in astonishment!)
Colin
Colin
Newbie
Just wanted to feed back how much I enjoyed the stargazing event with Martin on Saturday night. His knowledge of astronomy seemed to be encyclopaedic…there was literally no question that anyone asked him that he couldn’t answer on the spot. His undoubted scientific know-how was complemented by an amazing memory of cultural myths relating to constellations. We touched upon Greek, Roman, Arabic, Persian and Celtic traditions during the course of the evening. Amazing!
Jennifer
Jennifer
Tourist
We attended the Beaumaris Planetarium experience on Sunday afternoon and had a lovely time. Our party was aged from 6 to 72 and all thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very informative and interesting – we really enjoyed learning about all the mythology. I would highly recommend these events. Thank you for the experience!
Joe
Joe
Hobbyist
“I sent out a tentative enquiry and within less than an hour I had received a response from Allan. He responded to all my email enquiries as helpfully as anyone can hope for. Allan’s professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm was exactly what any budding stargazer craves. I have had an interest in astronomy for years and had bought myself a Skywatcher telescope a few years back. I had almost given up trying to use it and thanks to Allan I am now ready to go back out there and search the skies. He helped me to understand the mistakes I had been making in setting it up, advised me on eyepieces to improve my viewing experience and showed me how I could get the best out of my telescope. We toured the skies and I saw the rings of Saturn, Saturn’s moon Titan, double stars, the Andromeda galaxy and various other deep sky objects along with constellations that I was unfamiliar with. I have been to a number of stargazing events over the years but I can honestly say that Allan’s help has given me confidence to go back out there and enjoy the night sky for all it has to offer. Thank you Allan!”
Gwyn
Gwyn
Student
Brecon, great experience, great mix of stories, lectures and viewing, highly recommended for anyone with an interest
Great Experience!
Great Experience!
Sam
Thank you for your knowledge last night. We both found it highly informative.
27 May 2019

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Well only a a few more weeks before this fantastic object disappears below the horizon for another year! The #EagleNebula and the iconic #PillarsofCreation. First picture taken by our guests on a #CouplesEveningin Brecon Beacons National Park, the other by fantastic astrophotographer Ignacio Diaz Bobillo www.pampaskies.com/gallery3/index.php

For further information on our stargazing experiences why not visit our website www.darkskywalestrainingservices.co.uk

A star cluster around 2 million years young surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas, M16 is also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed image of the region adopts the colorful Hubble palette and includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the ridge of bright emission left of center is another dusty starforming column known as the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. M16 lies about 7,000 light-years away, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake).
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Dark Sky Wales

The magnificent #MilkyWay from the The Elan Valley. Can you spot the #Meteor? but don't mistake it for the satellite trail!

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