Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington

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#3 of 14 in Museums in Ayrshire
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  • July 1, 2017
    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 »
  • June 20, 2017
    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 »
  • June 8, 2017
    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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  • I had no idea we had anything like this even remotely near us and it was all down to my wife that we came here. Now I will start with a warning, and it's one you will see everywhere including from the observatory itself. The road to get here is a road in spirit, a trail in essence and a mountain goats obstacle course in actuality. Ok a little hyperbole but you will need to drive down tracks and rutted paths and even cross a side-less wooden bridge so be prepared. Having said all of the above it is absolutely 100% worth it because on a clear night and even a not so clear night the views are spectacular. You have an unobstructed view from horizon to horizon with only faint hoots of owl (I think..) to interrupt. Then add in an extremely well made facility with a truely impressive pair of telescopes and a staff that is a mix of employees and volunteers who are endlessly knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic and I can promise you will have no regrets about going. The staff even encourage you to take pictures through the large telescope which we did and which a couple of the moon are attached. The thing the whole exhibition brought to focus, pardon the pun, is how badly we leak light into the sky and how much h we miss out on because of it. I am looking forward to going back soon and would urge everyone to visit.
  • Lovely area to walk take in this local landmark
  • Evening of wonder. Amazing views and well lead.
  • Sadly it was quite cloudy for our visit, so we didn't see very much. And the road is horrendous! But totally worth it, observatory is great and we had a really interesting evening.
  • Amazing place

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