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Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby tony125 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:13 pm

Dear All

I am looking for a place in the UK to star gaze, prefably a place were camping (tents) is possible or accomadation is near by. Bascially, I would like to get away from the light pollution in London. I am looking for any personal recommendations.

Many thanks

Tony
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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby mrkrigdon » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:13 pm

Hi Tony' There are tent parks in South Wales if you are willing to travel that far from home.Mark
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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby psychobilly » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:30 pm

Hi Tony,

If you haven't already looked then there are some darksky maps here...

[url=http://www.cpre.co.uk/campaigns/landscape/light-pollution/light-pollution-in-your-area]http://www.cpre.co.uk/campaigns/landscape/light-pollution/light-pollution-in-your-area[/url]

Only England though becuause its the CPRE site ...c'mon wales get your act together...

Also Philips do a dark skies map

[url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Skies-Darkest-Observing-Astronomy/dp/0540086126]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Skies-Darkest-Observing-Astronomy/dp/0540086126[/url]

Billy...
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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby venusian999 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:53 pm

I used to live and camp on Dartmoor - some great sites there.
Just beware of the hounds.........
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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby wombat » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:33 pm

if you want something a bit different there's here - [url=http://www.camping.artizen.me.uk/]http://www.camping.artizen.me.uk/[/url] stunning area and close to [i][b][u]zero[/u][/b][/i] light pollution area !!


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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby sftonkin » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:40 am

There are some camp sites on Purbeck, overlooking the Channel. No streetlights to the south for 60 miles, so great views of the southern Milky Way in summer. Superb pub (Square and Compass) in Worth Matravers.
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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby les » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:16 am

HI There,
I mainly do my camping(tent) in Glencoe in the site next to the visitors centre but last year lamps that were originally only in the caravan section have encroched into the tent area.[:@]There is a more wild site (Red Squirral)which is tent only on the other side of the River Coe but there are a lot of trees and it is notoriously bad for midges[:o],which has the benifit of being only half a mile from the Clachaig Inn(another fine pub).[:)]One camping site that has really inky black skies(or at least used to)is on the shores of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway but Ive not been there for a few years.
Regards Les.
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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby splog » Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:06 am

The best camp site I've been on is one at Grummore in the Highlands, stunning location and in the middle of nowhere. The Highlands of Scotland are the best [:)]

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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby bajr » Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:36 pm

Kelling heath in north norfolk which is the site of two annual star parties is highly recommended. They have plenty of ammenities on site, bar ,swimming pool, bar[;)] etc. Oh and very dark skies, About two and a half hours drive from London, two and a half minutes drive for me[:D]

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RE: Camping Locations for star gazing

Postby les » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:26 pm

HI Brian,
I was put off by them when I read they dont allow Transit type vans onto their site, which I think is a bit snobby.[:@]If they welcome astronomers surely they must realise that some of them will have some hefty gear and need a van.
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