The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park. It is within the magical surroundings of Craigengillan, rated by Historic Scotland as one of the top four Designed Landscapes in the country, on a par with Culzean and Drumlanrig and ahead of even Balmoral.
This new public observatory lies within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park near Dalmellington, under some of the darkest skies in the UK. Galloway Forest Dark park is the only Dark Sky Park in the UK and the only IDA (International Dark-Sky Association) gold tier park to have a public use observatory.
This new observatory includes:
- A fully robotic 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome, which can be operated from a warm control room.
- A roll-off-roof observatory with a 14” Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope for a more hands-on, out in the open observing experience.
- A multi-purpose lecture room served by a toilet and kitchen and an “outdoor classroom” in the form of an elevated observing deck from which to enjoy the inspirational experience of naked-eye observation.
Facilities are also available for amateur astronomers to be able to set up their own equipment and have access to the WC and kitchen amenities.
The observatory is open to the public, amateur astronomers, groups, clubs, schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds with the beauty and wonder of the universe.
As a charitable organisation we are always looking for contributions to help run and maintain the observatory and to fund more equipment. If you are interested in making a contribution please contact us.