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“Interesting visit”

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publically accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky. The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association. This new observatory includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands-on, open air observing experience.
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Thanks to Rob and Kirstie for taking time out to show myself and my partner around the observatory yesterday afternoon.
A great visit for anyone whether you're interested in astronomy or not. Would love to visit again on one of the evening sessions to gain the full experience of the great facilities and dark skies here.

Thank Neil J
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Well worth a visit. However the access road was a nightmare as the programe was not starting until 10 pm so we had to negotiate the road in the dark.

Thank Marianne W
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

a belated but heartfelt thank you for a lovely visit to you guys back in May....
you were there on a Sunday, just for two of us, in pretty cloudy conditions, as our previous attempts had been rained off - totally blown away by what you've created and your dedication, very much hope to return on a clear night!
Thank you so much x

Thank essentiallye
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stumbled across the observatory while walking in Ness Glen one morning, and were invited in by Rob who told us all about the place and showed us the telescopes. It was a fascinating half hour break from the sunshine in the cool of the observatory before we resumed our walk, thinking that we might return on a winter's evening sometime.
However, later that evening, as we were returning to the delightful Chestnut Cottage in Dalmellington, we took a chance and phoned to see if we could visit that night. Although we were supposed to give 24 hours' notice rather than the half hour we gave, Rob graciously gave up what we later discovered would have been a night off to open up just for the two of us to examine the craters of the moon, Saturn and its rings and moons, the nebula of a former star, and, as it got darker, the constellations in the night sky.
Neither of us knew much about astronomy before that evening, but Rob took his time in a non-patronising way to explain things to us and to round off a memorable day. It was well worth the drive up the dirt road - and we did it without a 4x4!

1  Thank qjohnp
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Awesome is the most overused word in the English language but in this case it is apt. To see the detail of the moon's surface, the rings on Saturn and so much more was 'awesome'. We were the only family there that night and being summer it was late before it was dark yet Rob took his time while we learnt so much. He explained not just what we saw but the concept of light years and the movement of planets in relation to sun and how distance was measured until we really understood these concepts. He was inspirational and our son was inspired. Apart from all that the setting of the DSO is great and the experience so peaceful. The drive up is best done in 4x4. If you need collecting they can do so. Tips - take midge repellant, go when sky is darkest and there is little/no moon. We will go more frequently as some things are seen only in the respective season. Awesome!

3  Thank Talamhgirl
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