Summary: At Charlton's New Remembrance Hall
LOVE gazing at the stars on a clear night? Now you can do so with the experts pointing out some of the hundreds of spectacular constellations in the pristine night skies above the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at a series of special Stargazing Events. The first in the series is being held on Friday 20 October at New Remembrance Hall, Charlton (The Remembrance Field, Charlton, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0PL).
During the evening, astronomer and Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies advisor Bob Mizon will regale the audience with stories of the astronomical wonders above their heads, while the AONB’s director Linda Nunn will detail developments concerning the Cranborne Chase AONB’s bid for prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status. Afterwards, the audience will join Bob and members of the Wessex Astronomical Society outside for a spectacular stargazing experience.
Other events in the series run on:
• Monday 13 November, venue to be confirmed
• Saturday 9 December, venue to be confirmed
• Monday 15 January, venue to be confirmed
• Thursday 15 February at Ansty Pick Your Own (Ansty PYO & Farm Shop, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5PX)
• Thursday 15 March, venue to be confirmed
All events commence at 7pm and last for around two to two-and-a-half hours, depending on weather conditions. The cost for adults is £5 each (cash or cheque on the night/includes a free tea or coffee), with no charge for children. Bookings must be made in advance, tel: 01725 517417, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, on Monday 19 February, renowned night sky photographer Nigel Ball will be hosting a talk on the techniques used to capture fantastic night images and star trails using a standard digital SLR. The discussion includes planning, equipment and top tips for success. The venue, timings and cost for the evening event will be updated nearer the time on this web page. To register your interest, email email@example.com.
For more information on stargazing in the Cranborne Chase AONB, log on to www.chasingstars.org.uk