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Dark Skies – Stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales has been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, one of the things that make the Dales such a special place. You can get fantastic night sky views anywhere in the National Park. There are four Dark Sky Discovery Sites around the Park: Malham, Buckden, Hawes and Tan Hill Inn (the highest pub in the British Isles). We at Ashes Farm are a stargazing friendly place to stay and registered as a Dark Skies friendly business with the Yorkshire Dales​

For further information and local events please visit  https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/things-to-do/whats-on/shows/dark-skies-festival or https://gostargazing.co.uk/

darkskiesfestival  or gostargazinguk

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Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales at night by Andy Ward

Ashes Farm's Stargazing Checklist

Clothing

Be appropriately dressed, wear layers of clothing and don't forget to wear gloves and a hat, especially one that covers your ears in the Spring and Autumn months.

Torches

Take a red torch, this will avoid the issues of losing your dark-adapted vision.

Refreshments

Take a flask of hot Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate. Please ask us and we will make it.

Equipment

Please bring with you :-

Binoculars

Telescope (optional)

Stargazing Book

Planisphere (star wheel)

Fleece Blanket

We have a collection of books and blankets that can be borrowed.

Phone apps

Bearing in mind the caveat that phones can adversely affect your night vision, they are a fantastic way of learning your way around the nighttime skies. There are now many mobile phone apps that can present a real-time view of the night sky – many use the phone’s GPS, compass and built-in inclinometer to mirror the way the device is pointing giving you access to all sorts of information about the object your phone is pointed at.

Star Walk 2

Sky Safari

Meteor Shower 

Calendar

ISS Detector

AuroraWatch UK

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