If you’re looking for the perfect place to go stargazing in North Wales, Anglesey offers some of the most beautiful and remote locations to catch some stars. For those who are new to it, we’ve put together some recommendations to help you get the most out of your experience.
What are the best locations for stargazing in North Wales?
The most important thing to consider when looking for your stargazing spot is light. All you need for a clear view of the night sky is a location without light pollution, so make sure to get as far away from artificial light as possible.
When’s the best time to stargaze?
The best time of year to go stargazing in North Wales is autumn, winter and spring; you can still stargaze in summer but there aren’t as many opportunities. If you want to see the Milky Way you’ll need to make sure there isn’t a full moon by checking the new moon times; the best time to go is just before, during and soon after each new moon.
What equipment do I need?
First of all, make sure to wrap up warm when stargazing, even in summer, as it can get chilly at night. It might also be a good idea to bring refreshments, such as a flask of tea or coffee, to keep your spirits up.
Once you’re warm and toasty, make sure you have something to sit on, such as a deck chair, so you don’t end up straining your neck.
A simple stargazing session needs no equipment at all, but if you have some binoculars or a telescope they’re definitely worth taking so you can see even more. If you’re not an experienced observer then it would also be a good idea to take a star chart or book so you know what you’re looking at.
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