Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

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Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory
4.5
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6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
About
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 the observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a Countryside village location
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Andy C
Wellingore, UK8 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Jimmy was our astronomer for the night and he was out of this world, an absolutely stellar host!

His explanations of how things work in the night sky and how things work, from orbits to gravity were super easy to understand.

We really liked the way he used his laser to point out objects in the night sky and he was able to explain not only their names but also the myths and folklore behind each constellation.

Highlight of the evening was being able to view Saturn and it’s magnificent rings through the 11” telescope.

We didn’t try the free vegetable soup from the machine, nor the coffee that one lady gave the observatory 2 stars for.

Thoroughly recommend and definitely want to go back again to learn more. Thanks Jimmy.
Written September 21, 2021
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Lisa H
2 contributions
Aug 2020
The evening looked unpromising but as the sky cleared our Astronomer, Martin was able to convey lots of information pitched at a manageable level for us all (2 adults 2 teenagers). His enthusiasm was infectious and we all got a lot out of the evening - including a trip round the myths of ancient Greece described with constellations.

Dress comfortably and be prepared to stand outside for over an hour to make the most of the experience.
Written August 25, 2020
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Pauline G
5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We upgraded to a lodge room which was like a tardis. Cosy underfloor heating, high ceilings with windows in the roof to see stars if blind left open. Huge bathroom with lovely toiletries. The tasting menu was delicious but all food was very tasty. A warm welcome by staff from all disciplines from cleaners, reception and restaurant staff made the experience all the better without being overly formal.
Written April 29, 2022
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PaulP85
Doncaster, United Kingdom5 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
My partner booked our Dark Sky experience some time back and we were due to attend on a Saturday evening in October. Obviously we understand that currently things can change with changing guidelines and laws being issued by the government. We were notified by email the NIGHT BEFORE we were due to attend that our slot was not full. There were no new guidelines for over 2 weeks so the staff knew that they would have to cancel some people well in advance but waited until the previous day. This obviously was disappointing but we accepted the fact and called the following day to see what the options were for re-booking to be met by a very rude lady on the telephone with little compassion about this fact. “Call is to rearrange when you want to,” was the answer so I did to be told you actually must email. Disappointed again I did so and now over 3 weeks has passed, emailed twice with no response.

In the current challenging times we all understand that service levels may not quite be where they normally would but common courtesy and upholding obligations once you have received payments are not things that should be dismissed.

At the time of writing this I am still unable to make contact to re-book the desired date (government guidelines permitting) and I have had not contact. Service like this is remembered long after a pandemic has passed and it can be the difference between supporting businesses and not.
Written November 11, 2020
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Janice M
Lincolnshire239 contributions
Feb 2020
Firstly, I need to say that I have no interest in the night sky, but my husband, on the other hand has! Since it was his birthday, we went along to one of these evenings. Unfortunately, it was rainy and cloudy and so we were unable to go outside and 'appreciate' the apparently wonderful sky. As you can imagine, the resultant 2-hour session involved listening to Martin (who seems very knowledgeable) answering visitors questions. I found it very boring if I'm honest. The offer of free hot drinks was hospitable, but no one could access these, as we were so squashed into our seats. There were 27 adults squeezed into a shed, meaning there was very little room for comfort and you certainly couldn't move from your seat. I wondered what the maximum number is for these events. Had it been a clear evening, I think the experience would have been extremely different. Some you win, some you lose! My husband, who's a keen astronomer didn't really learn anything new - it was a shame that it wasn't a clear night.
Written February 20, 2020
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Scott P
London, UK3 contributions
Oct 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our stargazing experience at Battlesteads! On a relatively rainy October day, we were very fortunate to have clear skies for the evening. Martin was a very friendly, welcoming and knowledgable teacher who was patient and open to answering any questions posed to him. He was especially considerate of the current covid measures, ensuring the provisions of sanitizer and general practices were in place so we could stay as safe as possible during our time there. He also gave us many hints and tips to continue are stargazing from home! Thank you very much
Written October 30, 2020
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lucyyork92
York, UK29 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well going to an Observatory during Storm Ciara was probably not the best thing to do! However, despite not being able to see a thing in the sky, we still had a very informative evening. First we were taken on a trip of the night sky using some very sophisticated software, by a young astronomer who really knew his stuff. After that we had an intro to using binoculars, and a presentation on aurora hunting by Martin. This was great and I learnt a lot, and there was some fantastic photos. It was quite exciting to be tucked up in the cosy, purpose built observatory learning about the universe whilst the storm battered outside. I will hopefully be back again, but on a clear night!
Written February 9, 2020
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Takemethere7
Morpeth, UK97 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a fab, unassuming place. So surprising as you would not think of looking here for a place to look at the night sky. What an unexpected find !! Even if you have no interest in the sky this may be the one time you do find it to be an experience you will remember. There is so much out there and yes you can see star formations with the naked eye but using a pair of binoculars and or a telescope you cannot deny that there is so much to view out there. I will admit I did have my curiosity tweaked and will look into a cheap but effective telescope to see what else I can find. The staff are friendly and very informative..it is even bettr if you combine a meal and a night staying at the Battlesteads hotel also but if not, still go along to the observatory to be amazed. With all the planets out there surely we cannot be alone ?? Go along and find out for yourself..
Written February 24, 2020
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Moomoo437
Leeds, UK48 contributions
Dec 2021
Excellent couple of hours with Martin’s expertise. He was very knowledgeable and engaging. My husband is an science teacher and has a degree in astrophysics , and he was also impressed by the whole set up.
We were really lucky to have clear skies, and Martin was able to point out the Milky Way and many many different stars etc.
Unfortunately the hot drinks machine was not working, and it was rather chilly. But we survived!
Only thing I would suggest for future is to have some flat beds to lay on, so that it is easier to look up without putting a crick in your neck.
Written December 31, 2021
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crazygirl93
Ashington, UK137 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
This was the first time my partner and I had ever been to an observatory so we didn't know what to expect.

On arrival there is a path illuminated with red lights (that protect your night vision) and this leads to the observatory room.

Once the whole group arrived (10 in total), Jimmy and Harry introduced themselves to us. Jimmy started the session by giving us information on health and safety, potential hazards and explained why red lights were used.

It was a cloudy night, but we can't control the weather. When the skies cleared enough to see the moon fully, we went out with binoculars and used the telescope. Wow. It was amazing. So much detail on the moon that you can't see from the ground.

We then spotted some stars so we looked at these. Jimmy explained how the telescope worked and set it to see the individual stars.

Hot drinks were available inside the room. Including soup!

This was something different for us but we will be doing it again. Thanks Jimmy and Harry!
Written February 18, 2022
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Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory is open:
  • Sun - Sun 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Sat - Sat 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM