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chrissy
2008-Apr-22, 12:51 AM
Here's a new observatory scheduled to open shortly near me in Northumberland. It's located in probably the darkest sky area of England. It features a unique approach to telescopes and domes, with coverings that may be completely retracted.
I plan to visit it as soon as it's opened. BTW, it has areas designed for folks to bring and use their own telescopes!


http://www.yankodesign.com/index.php/2007/04/12/kielder-observatory-by-mapt-studio/

I found these two below good links:

http://www.kielder-observatory.org/compwinner.php

http://www.kielder-observatory.org/

clear skies every one.
Chrissy

Fadingstar
2008-Apr-22, 02:11 AM
It's good to see that observatories are becoming more available to the public, and this one has a prime bit of sky which is a bonus as well.
It helps to get us laymen off the hubble site and to view the wonders of space first hand, rather than suffering a dodgy pair of binoculars or battered telescope instead. Good for the youngsters to get a feel and interest for astronomy too.
I will definately make an effort to visit one of these.
Thanks for the info, chrissy...

Maksutov
2008-Apr-22, 10:32 AM
And here I thought there were no dark skies in England (or Europe for that matter), what with its population distribution, etc. But a check of GoogleMaps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Kielder,+Hexham,+Northumberland,+UK&ie=UTF8&ll=55.235288,-2.590027&spn=0.751744,1.867676&z=9&iwloc=addr) shows the observatory location quite ideal (zoom in as necessary). Having that national park there helps too.

Anyone else in the UK planning on visiting this observatory in the near future?

Thanks for the "clear skies" wishes, chrissy!

Kaptain K
2008-Apr-22, 10:42 AM
Am I the only one who's first thought when seeing the first link was "Where's Gort?

Maksutov
2008-Apr-23, 02:26 AM
Am I the only one who's first thought when seeing the first link was "Where's Gort?Klaatu works for Yanko now? :)

George
2008-Apr-23, 03:06 AM
"First light" is this Friday (4/25/08 or 25/04/08). That what be cool to make that viewing.

Maksutov
2008-Apr-23, 07:57 AM
Since that's in a few days, one wonders how many BAUTers will be there? I sort of recall a number of Yorkshire Lads being members.

And if Phil's still in England, it would be a natural.

Sticks
2008-Apr-23, 07:57 AM
Usually in early February our church has it's annual retreat, so I have sent them an email via their webform to see if they do private tours.

Back in 2007 I took a small 40x telescope, which was not much cop and I got to see Saturn from where were were staying at the Calvert Trust in that part of the world

Maksutov
2008-Apr-23, 10:23 PM
Usually in early February our church has it's annual retreat, so I have sent them an email via their webform to see if they do private tours.Hope that works out!
Back in 2007 I took a small 40x telescope, which was not much cop and I got to see Saturn from where were were staying at the Calvert Trust in that part of the worldThe Lakes District (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Calvert+Trust+england&sll=54.622734,-1.596344&sspn=0.011926,0.029182&ie=UTF8&ll=54.851315,-3.186035&spn=3.03628,7.470703&z=7)? Did you get to see/climb Helvellyn or Scarfell Pike?

chrissy
2008-Apr-23, 11:48 PM
Usually in early February our church has it's annual retreat, so I have sent them an email via their webform to see if they do private tours.

hope you can get up there Sticks, it looks great.

Sticks
2008-Apr-24, 05:08 AM
Sorry for the confusion but there is a Calvert Trust at Kielder Forest (http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/ComeandVisit/VisitKielder/tabid/2400/Default.aspx/) as well

Maksutov
2008-Apr-24, 11:41 PM
Is there a Baker's Oven up there?

Sticks
2008-Apr-25, 05:18 AM
Is there a Baker's Oven up there?

I don't think there are any Baker's ovens left. They became Greggs and they only sold one type of soup at a higher price.

If I have soup I have tinned soup or Bacon and Lentil that I make myself

Sticks
2008-Apr-25, 07:28 AM
It opens this weekend

See here (BBC Website) (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/7366394.stm)


An observatory has opened in an area of Northumberland recognised as having the least light pollution in England.

mahesh
2008-Apr-25, 10:29 AM
thanks chrissy, for the connect ....that's good news....

will go and look-see

chrissy
2008-Apr-26, 12:32 AM
your welcome Mahesh, just let me know if your coming up here.


Sticks I think it is time to let go of the Bakers Oven, they won't be making a come back.

Sticks
2008-Apr-28, 10:07 AM
From our local rag (http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2008/04/26/curtain-rises-on-vast-star-studded-show-61634-20824411/)


STARGAZERS caught their first glimpse of the night sky from the region’s newest observatory last night. The Kielder Observatory opened to members of the public and professional astronomers, offering an opportunity to look deep into the universe.

The 450,000 observatory is designed to combine art and science and was commissioned as part of the art and architecture programme being run at the forest park.