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Maddie
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Dark spots in cornwall?

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Does anyone know of any nice 'Dark spots' in Cornwall, prefferably somewhere near Truro?

My village (St.Agnes) is constantly alight making it hard work to view the nights sky. I live on a corner and my house is surrounded by lights. To the front of my house there are two street lights making the front garden a 'don't bother' zone for the 'scope. The backgarden has one streetlamp so close it may aswell be in the garden. Then of course the other lights up and down the road to the front, back and side of the house.

So Im really after some local areas with good viewing. Failing that, someone to come over and take out the 10 closest streetlamps :p

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Post by john.wheeldon »

Hi Maddie
Looking at my dark skies map, if you head north east from Truro into the middle of the 'Truro, St Austell, Newquay' triangle, you should find it fairly dark.
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Thanks!

Ill get the map out and have a looksee :)

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Yep - I'll second that - particularly around the area where the A30 joins with the A39 (avoid the main roads though)
If you can go a little further - Bodmin Moor looks to be about as dark as it getas in England.

You got some good dark areas down there (Bodmin, Dartmoor, Exmoor) - Only other place in England gets that dark is up near the Scottish border, around Kielder
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Post by Surfinginsanity »

I'd have to agree with the other about the moors. There may well be some good spots down near penwith, cape cornwall etc, but thats quite a way from truro. The lizard has some good spots away from the villages. I'd imagine around Roskilly's is good after dark.

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Hi folks, in 1999 the month of the eclipse. Myself, brother and daughter went down to cornwall to watch this spectacular event. We stopped at a farm for the first day ( Monday ) and it was a place called Trevellian ( I think I've spelt that wrong ) but we must have been about 3+ miles away from the nearset street light and the scene at night was absolutley wonderful, we could see the milky way in it's full glory. Then we headed down to Hayle where our Aunty and Uncle were stopping. They were in a chalet in Phillack and the sky their was'nt too bad. Even though the eclispe was cloudy, it was still a wonderful experience. So Cornwall does have excellent skies for astronomy. :D

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North Devon is the place! I have stayed at this place and would reommend it to everyone...(just about the darkest skies in England thanks to the Ocean to the North and no major/towns cities for miles to the South). Their half meter dobbo is quite nice too :D

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Re: Dark spots in cornwall?

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Maddie wrote:Does anyone know of any nice 'Dark spots' in Cornwall, prefferably somewhere near Truro?

My village (St.Agnes) is constantly alight making it hard work to view the nights sky. I live on a corner and my house is surrounded by lights. To the front of my house there are two street lights making the front garden a 'don't bother' zone for the 'scope. The backgarden has one streetlamp so close it may aswell be in the garden. Then of course the other lights up and down the road to the front, back and side of the house.

So Im really after some local areas with good viewing. Failing that, someone to come over and take out the 10 closest streetlamps :p
Hi, I go up onto bodmin moor its nearly always dark if you can find a nice secluded area. My personal favorite is a place called Minions near Caradon Hill. A spot called the Hurlers, it's an ancient stone circle and should be easy to find on any os map. And there's a pub only a few yards away for after/before beverages :D
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