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Durlston Astronomy CentreDurlston’s dark skies make it an ideal place to see our solar system, star clusters, galaxies and meteor showers.

The Astronomy Centre at Durlston consists of a 14" Meade telescope housed in its own observatory, together with supporting facilities for talks and lectures in the nearby Learning Centre.

The Centre is supported by the Ranger staff at the Country Park and by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society.


Get Involved 

There are several ways that members of the public can participate in the astronomy activities at Durlston. A small charge will be made in most cases.

Public Events

A number of public events are run at Durlston throughout the year, and are open to everyone.

Stargazing events consist of an illustrated talk in the Learning Centre followed by the chance to look through various scopes, including the main telescope inside the observatory.

Check the Events Guide for upcoming Stargazing evenings:

Schools and Youth Groups

The Durlston Astronomy Centre provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the wonders of the night sky, using the state of the art 14 inch reflecting telescopes to provide views of the near and far universe.

Sessions last 1.5 hours.
Work with the telescopes is supported by a presentation and activities with the Rangers and an expert astronomer, linked to the National Curriculum.

If the weather is unsuitable for viewing, a full indoor astronomy programme includes presentations, 3D demonstrations and discussions.

Clubs / Groups

Private bookings for clubs or societies can be arranged by contacting Durlston.

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