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OBSERVATORY BOOKINGS

Our diary for regular bookings is now suspended as we move into the lighter nights and the astronomy close season. We will re-open for normal bookings from September on and please keep an eye open for further announcements on availability nearer the time.

We will, however, try to make arrangements for anyone who wishes to visit the observatory during daylight hours. If you do want to make such a request, please use the contact form on the Home page to let us know and a member of the Astronomy Club will get back to you to discuss further.

All bookings will be free of charge to the user, but please note that Moffat Astronomy Club absorbs the observatory running costs and there will be an opportunity to make a donation to those at the time of your visit

There are a number of policy documents attached below and visitors should read each before attending. Our apologies for this, but we asking that you do so with visitor health and safety in mind.

 
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THE COMMUNITY OBSERVATORY
AND CURRENT OPERATING POLICY

There are 4 documents accessible by clicking on the buttons below. These relate to:

1. Covid 19

2. Health and Safety during your visit

3. General Visitor Information

4. Our Clear Night Policy

Please read before you attend as they have been made available with visitor safety in mind.

 
 
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CLEAR NIGHT POLICY

Moffat will on average have about 2 nights every week suitable for viewing the night sky. 

The weather is of course completely beyond our control but this does mean that most of the sessions that are booked in advance will be unable to proceed due to cloud conditions.

You can therefore expect the session to be cancelled if weather conditions are not suitable and this will be confirmed by text message to the phone number you provided. Please make allowances for a late as possible notification - our weather is nothing if not changeable. If you need to travel please contact your staff member in advance to determine the possibilities for the evening.

 

MOON PHASE

You can check the phase of the moon before booking your visit

Beginners to astronomy will perhaps be unaware how much brighter the night sky is when the moon is visible, even in its earlier phases. Observational astronomy is best done when the sky is at its darkest and before any moon rises. However, the presence of the moon in itself will not prevent a session being booked or proceeding, and viewing the surface of the moon itself will be a rewarding experience. The brighter astronomical objects should also remain visible.

To check the moon phase ahead and the weather forecast, click on the button below and enter the observatory postcode in the address box at the top of the page - DG10 9QL.