Stargazing at Aberdaron and the Llyn Peninsula

Stargazing in Aberdaron, WalesIf you’re looking for somewhere to watch the stars then Ty-Newydd campsite is perfect. It is located in a very rural area. It is approx 1.5 miles from the nearest village of Aberdaron which is only very small. There is very little street lighting and no industry in the area at all.

Due to its position on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales it has very clean air as well. This results in superb night skies where you can see millions of clear stars, planets and even comets. Astronomy enthusiasts have commented that the skies around the campsite are the clearest they have ever seen in the UK with no light pollution at at all.

If you’re looking to keep track of which stars and planets will be visible then make sure you visit  this website where you can get stargazing information relevant to the date of your visit.

Here’s some actual pictures taken by Paul Moyers on the Ty-Newydd site showing you the incredible night sky.

The images were taken on a Nikon D3100 DSLR attached to a Skywatcher 200p 1000mm f5 Newtonian reflector telescope at prime focus.

The Dumbbell Nebula, M27

Dumbbell Nebula
The Dumbbell Nebula, M27 is a planetary nebula 1360 light years away in the constellation of Vulpecula. This expanding shell of ionised material was thrown out of a red giant star at the end of its life as it collapsed into a white dwarf star.

This image is the result of 7x 60sec exposures at iso 3500 stacked with 5 dark frames to reduce noise in Deep Sky Stacker before final processing in Gimp 2.

The Hercules Globular Cluster

Hercules Globular Cluster

The Hercules Globular Cluster, M13 is a cluster of 300,000 stars 25,100 light years away.

This is just one 25 sec exposure at iso 3500 processed in Gimp 2.

The Andromeda Galaxy, M31

Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy, M31 is the nearest major galaxy to our own milky way at 2.5 million light years away. Containing twice as many stars as the Milky Way, it is speeding towards a collision with us in 3.75 billion years time.

This image is from 10x 60sec exposures at iso 3500 stacked with 5 dark frames.

Follow this link to book a pitch with us so you can get the best view in Wales to watch the stars!