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.
Located at a Dark Sky Discovery Site in Wark and under very dark skies, the observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a 21st Century Countryside Village location:
- Luxury Astro Accommodation just metres away.
- Superb meals and snacks available, specialising in sustainable, locally sourced food.
- Free hot drinks and water available in the observatory Warm Room.
- Full mains electricity and wifi internet for all your Astro Equipment and Devices (laptops,tablets, smartphones).
- The road is open whatever the weather – even in midwinter snow, and we have plumbing!
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Restaurant / Cafe on site
A wonderful experience, never to be forgotten.
Alan F, Melrose, United Kingdom
The star gazing experience was fantastic, exceeding all expectations. The enthusiasm of the presenters was so genuine and heartfelt. Despite summer light they were able to plot planets, satellites and the Milky way. The telescopes are a serious investment and were very impressive.The two hours flew by and it was very informative and great fun, a big thank you
Thoroughly enjoyed it
Steve M, Bolton, United Kingdom
This is a really fun evening of astronomy. The resident astronomer introduces you to the evening in the presentation area of the small observatory and explains the best way to view the sky using binoculars. We had to wait half an hour or so for the clouds to clear enough for viewing the stars but once we had good viewing conditions he took us out to the main telescope where we took it in turns looking at the interesting phenomena that you normally never get to see. Three hours or so flew by. If you are staying at the Battlesteads guest house it is a no brainer to choose this attraction - you even get a discount as a resident.
The skies the limit
Stayed at hotel with observatory option run by Astro ventures. Chris gave a great talk. This was a good first introduction to astronomy. Afterwards we used telescopes and binoculars to view constellations and planets. Jupiter and moons clearly seen. Wrap up warm and try to pick a moonless clear night for the best observations.
Night under the Stars
So glad I did this, just having someone there explaining everything in an easy to understand way. Will definitely visit again next year... brilliant !!!!
Great fun for an absolute beginner like me!
Having never considered astronomy or start gazing since in the Girl Guides many years ago (!) we happened to be staying at the Hotel nearby and could not miss this opportunity. This is a small building, so the numbers are restricted, so booking is advised. Chris, the astronomer, who gave the talk (2 hours.... wrap up warm!) was knowledgeable, interesting, funny and had a wealth of enthusiasm for his subject. Everyone had a chance to look through the telescopes, and see some of the wonders of the night sky. Youngsters were encouraged to stand on steps and look as well, and all our questions were answered. There was a hot drinks machine as well (free) for those of us who felt cold. Great idea! Well done to the volunteers who run this attraction..... it was spot on.