Dark Skies

Guests at Belle Grove have long been telling us that they absolutely love the darkness of the skies here. Belle Grove is 20 minutes from the a Dark Sky Discovery Site on the coast and is itself a wonderful place to take in the wonders of the night sky and seasonal meteor showers such as the Geminids in mid December and the Perseids of August.

We provide an easy to use telescope which is kept in the open-to-all Shepherds Hut as well as binoculars. Astronomy books are kept in the  Hut too.

A red torch for reading star maps etc is provided.  White light is a detriment as every time you use white light, your eyes react. The pupils contract, making their aperture smaller, and a smaller aperture always means less light-gathering, whether we are talking about your eyes or your optical equipment.  But a red flashlight allows you to see your star charts, find an eyepiece in your accessory case, or pick your way over telescope cables and other obstacles without affecting your night vision. The better your night vision, the more you can see in the eyepiece!