Observing at Burrishoole Abbey is a family friendly event and all are welcome.


Each session will include a laser-pointer guided tour of the night sky and then move on to view items of interest through telescopes. 


So, what's all this 'red light' stuff about?

Okay - the basic idea is that it takes at least 20 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted and this is important for viewing faint objects (like galaxies and nebulae). You lose your night vision instantly if someone shines a white light - our eyes are much less sensitive to red light, hence the red light torches. However, people still have to arrive and depart the observing site (usually by car) safely, so a certain amount of light is inevitable.

Most smart phones have red light settings - check yours out beforehand to familiarise yourself.

TOP TIP - If you are using a standard torch, try covering it with a 



The bottom line is:

Please use your common sense and best endeavours to minimise white light (particularly full headlights) without jeopardising your own or anybody else's safety.

Dress warmly, bring an extra layer and consider that you may also need to bring insect repellent.

We are fortunate indeed to have the darkest skies in Europe on our doorstep - but our Atlantic weather means that they are not always as cloud-free as we might like!  Keep an eye on the weather forecast and stay in touch for the latest news.


A good app for accurate weather forecast for observers is at:

(this link is for local observing close to Newport)

Check out the Mayo Dark Sky Park and Newport Astronomy Club's websites for some more helpful tips on stargazing...

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