Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington

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  • Cloudy night but still a very enjoyable outing. Relaxed place with knowledgeable friendly staff. Enjoyed the tour round the observatory and chat about the equipment. Would recommend a visit weather yo...  more »
  • We, (2 adults & 2 teens) visited the SDSO for an evening of star gazing, the weather mostly held up for us and we got to use both telescopes and also see the International Space Station pass over, the...  more »
  • Well worth going! As previously said the road up is just a track so go slowly. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers, midges are a problem so don't forget your "skin so soft" or other repellent.  more »
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  • Fantastic experience. The astronomers were very knowledgeable, and answered every question. We had clear skies so the orionids were visible. Slight downside was the entrance road. It is passable, but you have to drive very slowly.
  • I absolutely LOVED the Dark Sky Observatory! I visited last night when it was cloudy and raining but we still managed to see so much in between the breaks in clouds! Staff were lovely and very welcoming and they have a nice shop :) Definitely going back!
  • Great place to visit if it's not cloudy. We could see the ring around Jupiter though the telescope.
  • We had a reservation for a Dark Sky Friday. During the day the sky was very cloudy so we started doubting if sky gazing would be possible that night. Unfortunately we couldn´t reach the observatory by phone (probably just bad luck), and we didn´t get any notice from them about their expectations so we went on our 3 hour drive to the observatory anyway. Once there, the astrologer confirmed that the sky was too cloudy. He gave us a nice presentation about the observatory while checking the sky every now and then to see if there were any clear spots in the sky, but unfortunately there were none. Then we were informed that there would be no star watching that night, and we we´re sent off home. We couldn´t help but feel kind of ripped off, having paid the full 30 pounds (2 tickets), traveling 6 hours total, and just not seeing anything. Of course we fully understand that this activity is weather dependent, but it seems the Observatory should have cancelled and rescheduled this appointment when it was so obvious that the sky would be entirely covered in clouds (after all, they are specialized in watching the sky...). Or at least inform us and give us the choice to try our luck or cancel the appointment. Probably a great experience on a clear night but our advice is not to book in advance and to judge for yourself it if it is a good day for a visit. Could have saved us a lot of money and a lot of time. Of course, we've contacted the observatory about this case, but they responded in such a manner that I think it's only fair to share this information with future visitors.
  • No stars sadly due to the weather. Interesting presentation but an awful lot of repetition.

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