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Dark Sky Observatory opens in Galloway Forest Park

Astronomer and telescopeI thought it might be a good idea to have a specific entry about the opening of the new Dark Sky Observatory in Galloway Forest Park.

Reason being that since I mention the project beginning back in January, I have receive two comment, both complaining that they cannot find detail of the observatory, or how to find it.

The answer was quite simple, and a little bit obvious had the complainants actually read what I had written in Dark Sky Observatory built in Dalmellington in Galloway Forest Park where I merely announce the start of the project, and the award of funds towards it. It did not exist then, so it wasn’t possible for me to include either information about it, and what it contained, or specific direction to the site, which is something I always do when I describe a feature.

Although the observatory has now both been completed and officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister: Alex Salmond officially opens Dark Sky Observatory, I still cannot provide details. But if you are really keen, you can go and look for it in the Craigengillan Estate in Dalmellington

The facility is not being opened to the public immediately, because the main 20-inch telescope is still being calibrated.

You can get an idea of what the place looks like at this blog: Scottish Dark Sky Observatory « Dark Sky Diary

There is mention of it having a page in something called ‘Facebook’, but since I have that barred and blocked from my browser, and will not touch it with the proverbial barge-pole, you’ll have to hunt that option down for yourself.

When the observatory does go online with a real web site, I will add an ‘Update’ to the foot of the posting.

The Scottish Government provided £100,000 towards the cost of the observatory:

The new observatory, costing almost £700,000 in total, has been described as a “huge asset” to the area.

Mr Salmond said: “The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is no less than stunning.

“It is situated in one of only five gold tier dark sky parks in the world, and is the only public use observatory in a Dark Sky Park anywhere in the world.

“Curiosity about science and a passion for learning more about the world around us are the cornerstones of ensuring the next generations of innovators upon whom Scotland’s future depends.”

He said it was a “fantastic asset” for the tourist economy in the area and for the whole of Scotland in general.

“Most importantly, it is also a huge economic asset for the local community – attracting direct employment, encouraging visitors to come here and providing an inspirational resource for local children and adults alike,” he added.

You can read a little more about the opening here: Observatory at Scotland’s ‘dark sky’ park opens up skies to public


October 6, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , ,

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