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The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, drop in sessions, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional. Under very dark skies...more
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My partner has a keen beginners interest I astronomy so I was particularly hopeful that this would be an enjoyable event on a 3 day mini break.
On arrival, Chris was very friendly and pleasant, there were only 4 of us in the party so...More
This was our third visit to the observatory and we had an amazingly clear night. The visit was made more amazing by seeing a shooting star. Was led by a very knowledgeable and passionate local gentleman. Fabulous visit. Thanks again for an informative visit. See...More
We booked in for an Aurora hunting evening we knew the forecast was low so we knew the chances we're not good we we're excited to learn about what we needed to hunt the Aurora borealis for ourselves and hopefully photograph them but the man...More
A really interesting evening starting with a very informative presentation and then the awesome opportunity to use the specialist equipment to see the sky up close and personal. Lovely evening that I would recommend to others. The presentation was delivered by two very passionate individuals...More
We arranged to visit the Battlesteads Dark Sky Observation site; we had a pleasant afternoon and dinner in the Battlesteads Hotel. We made the short walk to the viewing area. It seems very obvious now but when you are standing next to the solar panels...More
Taking advantage of the dark skies near Kielder forest, the observatory is well equipped with powerful telescopes and lots of powerful binoculars available. The presentation was very informative and interesting and views of the stars spectacular. First time I had seen Saturn through a telescope,...More
The experience had the potential to be very good but a cloudy sky prevented us from making the most of our visit. Check the weather forecast before booking.
£20 per person was a little on the expensive side.
Interesting presentation but a touch amateurish. Good...More
The observatory,manned by enthusiastic amateur astronomers, is an excellent facility within the Kielder dark sky area. Milky-Way class viewing - unless cloudy! Knowledgeable staff, great facility, and a very entertaining evening.
Visited Battlesteads Observatory as a last minute booking and was so glad I did! Chris the astronomer was brilliant and as the clouds disappeared we were treated to a spectacular night sky. 4 Planets, The Milky Way, hundreds of stars and a couple of shooting...More
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You won't have a problem but let them know you'll be late. However if you are coming to one of the very specialist sessions - say on astrophotography - and are a complete newbie, I wouldn't recommend coming late. But for a... More
You won't have a problem but let them know you'll be late. However if you are coming to one of the very specialist sessions - say on astrophotography - and are a complete newbie, I wouldn't recommend coming late. But for a more general session - you'll not miss out too much. The general session I went to started off with a talk and the hands-on was much later