Astronomy at Eddington Lodge

 

Here at Eddington Lodge, as well as being able to enjoy the more traditional holiday experience and explore all that North Cornwall has to offer, we aim to go one step further and enable our guests to explore the astronomy of the Cornish night sky. With large but easy to use telescopes coupled with the knowledge we provide, we hope to be able to bring a further dimension to your holiday in an exciting and educational way.

Please note that use of the telescopes is at our discretion during the months of July and August. If you are visiting during these months specifically to use the telescopes, please enquire before making your booking. Thank you.

 

Custom Observation Pods

20" Dobsonian

Take advantage of our observation pods situated onsite and enjoy some of the best sites the cosmos has to offer without the hindrance of light pollution or hassle of setting up equipment.

Our two 20″ Dobsonian telescopes are free for guests to use after completing an introductory training session on correct and safe use of the equipment. This will usually take between 30 and 40 minutes depending on experience. After completion guests are free to use the equipment whenever weather permits.

We aim to provide a friendly and helpful environment for all who stay at Eddington Lodge. So whether you have a passion for the jewels of the cosmos or a more passing interest in astronomy and the twinkling lights of the night sky there is plenty of onsite help and information to set you on your journey around the heavens.

 


Horsehead and flame nebular - Astronomy image

Horsehead and flame nebular

Courses

We have a fully equipped and automated 2.7 meter main observatory dome housing a Williams Optics triplet refracting APO telescope that we use for both planetary photography and imaging deeper objects in the night sky.

 

Throughout the year we run courses on astrophotography as well as more traditional ‘eyes on’ observations of the nights sky. This is not just for the enthusiasts but also for people of any level to come and experience some of the more high tech aspects of astronomy and learn some new skills or spark enthusiasm in old ones.

Although the brighter objects in the nights sly such as the major planets can be viewed at most times of clear sky, deep sky objects are best observed at periods of new moon. You can check a new moon calendar to see when the times of a new moon are and check out pricing and availability to book your astronomy holiday.

All courses can be booked onsite when you arrive.


Events

EventsDuring the year we often hold astronomy events on our premises for both guests and local communities. These can include open days, outreach programs as well as dates for meteor shower parties, star parties and gatherings. Please check our calendar for the most up to date information on up and coming events.