Caradon Observatory

Upton Cross, Liskeard, PL14 5BQ

Location description

Caradon Observatory occupies a fantastic dark sky location on the Eastern edge of Bodmin Moor and within the buffer zone of the Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Park.  The four domes house a variety on instruments including both reflecting, refracting and solar telescopes. The facility’s current primary focus is research and education however has plans to open up it’s observatory doors to visitors.

Location event organiser

Caradon Observatory organises stargazing events at this location.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Caradon Observatory

This location's dark site setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 1 event which was on 22nd June 2019 organised by Caradon Observatory.


When to visit

The best time to visit Caradon Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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