Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
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.
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. 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. The observatory is open to the public, amateur astronomers, groups, clubs, schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds with the beauty and wonder of the universe. Because of the nature of the site, most night/evening visits must be pre-booked. Please look at the bookings page for more information and the events calendar for upcoming events.
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is a registered charity which opened its doors the public in late 2012. Since then we have achieved a VisitScotland 4-star visitor rating and have welcomed visitors from all over the world, educating and informing them about the wonders of the night sky from a location in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.
We now have an exciting plan to build a planetarium here at the Scottish Dark Sky Obsevatory, adjacent to the existing building, and we would be very grateful to receive your much needed help to enable us to cross the fundraising finishing line.
As a token of thanks, those contributors who leave their name will be featured on a sign/plaque to be affixed to the planetarium.
(Information above taken from SDOS website)