Coronavirus News - 31st December 2020

Regrettably pubs, cafés and non essential shops have had to close again due to Sedbergh being subject to Tier 4 restrictions along with the rest of Cumbria. Some hospitality businesses will however continue to provide takeaway meals.

We are very sorry that you cannot visit us at the moment but we look forward to seeing you when restrictions are lifted in the future.

Night time walk to enjoy the Dark Sky

Saturday 19th December 7pm – Dark sky adventure on Winder – a walk up Winder by head torch to enjoy a 360 degree view of the night sky. Start from Sedbergh or get picked up in Manchester or Lancaster.

Useful resources

We took part in the National Parks Dark Skies Festival in February 2017. The Festival saw events across the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorks Moors National Parks. One event here in Sedbergh was a talk, ‘A Voyage Round the Universe’, by Richard Darn (contact him for advice on equipment buying), and another was a talk on astro-photography by Pete Collins. They have kindly passed on these links to useful resources:

Stellarium – interactive planetarium programme. Easy to use and shows the night sky realistically. Available for Windows and Mac, and free. – great for finding out when the ISS will be passing over, moon rise, set times, phases, comet and planet info, times of astronomical darkness and much more.

Google Skymap – identifies the stars using GPS when you hold up a phone to the sky. Free.

Meteor Shower Calendar – tells you when showers are due and if the moon will spoil the show. Free.

ISS Detector and ISS Spotter – both will alert you when the ISS is due to pass overhead. Both free.

Aurora Alert – predicts possible Northern Lights displays. Small fee.

Lancaster University’s Aurora Watch allows you to sign up for free aurora alerts.

British Geological Survey’s alerts service is another web site offering aurora predictions.

Sources of Information

Society for Popular Astronomy

Heaton Park Astronomy Group has a Guide for Beginners with an introduction to wide-field astrophotography, plus choosing a telescope and binoculars.

Good Astronomy Shops

Green Witch – West Yorkshire-based reliable astro retailer.

Grovers Optical – Northallerton-based reliable astro retailer.

Rother Valley Optics – South Yorkshire-based reliable astro retailer.

UK Astro Buy and Sell – Well used by astronomers to buy and sell used gear.

Novice’s Books

Turn Left at Orion

Stargazing for Dummies