Good dark skies near London?

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Good dark skies near London?

Postby ryandsimmons » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:06 pm

So I finally decided to act all grown up and bought myself a car, complete with a large boot to fit my Celestron Astromaster 130EQ in. I live in Sutton (just south of London) and was wondering if anybody can recomend any decent areas to take a drive to in the area? I don't really want to head more that 30 minutes if I can help it.
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RE: Good dark skies near London?

Postby davsiste » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:23 pm

google dark sky maps
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RE: Good dark skies near London?

Postby pmwright » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:23 pm

Try this one [url=http://avex.org.free.fr/cartes-pl/uk/UK-pl-relief-topo.html]Light Pollution Map[/url]

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RE: Good dark skies near London?

Postby nighthawk » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:06 pm

When I lived in new Malden I would often go up to Epsom Downs by the racecourse. Not perfect but probably better than Sutton.
Also one or two places down the A3 can be quite dark.
having said that, I could see the milky way quite clearly at times from my workplace in Surbiton.
Forgot to add: Newlands Corner, a favourite with some of the members of my old society..EAS = Ewell Astronomical Society
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RE: Good dark skies near London?

Postby ryandsimmons » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:23 pm

Thanks for the map links guys.

Especially thanks to nighthawk, I'll be taking a drive down to Newlands Corner when I get a chance.
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RE: Good dark skies near London?

Postby nighthawk » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:56 pm

A good idea is to do a 'recce' in daylight so you can find the spot that suits easier than trying to locate it at night.
ps I just remembered another place I used to observe from.
Headley common, near Boxhill. Not too far from you.
The car park is opposite the cricket ground and allows some good sky views. I saw Halley's comet from there and also Hale-Bopp as well as many deep sky objects.
There used to be a coffee stall there too but I think only open at certain times.
Let us know how you get on.
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