Astronomy at Les Granges

Many people have promised themselves the chance to do some astronomy but not known how to go about it.
Now all you have to do is book a stay at Les Granges and, as well as having a great daytime holiday, you can let Olly take you on a tour of the universe.

From our exceptionally dark site and far from light and air pollution you will see planets, nebulae, stars and distant galaxies using the best of modern equipment. We also offer the chance to do sophisticated astronomical photography.
See our astro-imaging page. No prior experience is necessary.
Already an astronomer?
You can book Les Granges with or without our equipment since we have four 'guest telescope' sites all set up.  You can use our equipment or bring your own instruments to run on our mounts. Contact Olly to discuss the possibilities. 
From Latitude 44.19N we have full astronomical darkness even in June and a brilliant view of the southern Milky Way with its fascinating range of deep-sky objects.
We can also offer a taught course in astronomy over five two-hour 'classroom' sessions. This provides an introductory over-view of  current astronomical theories regarding distance, time, stellar birth and death and the origins and fate of the Universe.
In his review for Astronomy Now magazine, Dr Alan Longstaff concluded, 'There can be few better places to do astronomy than with Olly Penrice at Les Granges.' 


We currently offer the following telescopes; 20 inch Dobsonian, 10 inch SCT, TEC140 apo, Takahashi FSQ85ED astrograph, TeleVue Pronto and William Optics ZS66. Our eyepieces are premium TeleVue, we have binoculars, camera lenses, sky charts, software, etc etc. The telescopes can be mounted on either of our two EQ6 mounts or the Takahashi EM200. At any one time we can autoguide on two of these.

In the daytime you can enjoy detailed views of the Sun and its prominences in our Lunt LS60 Hydrogen Alpha telescope.

We have two dedicated astronomical CCD cameras (Atik 4000 colour and mono) and a high quality solar system fast frame device, mainly for solar imagng.

In using this excellent equipment you will have Olly’s help but our approach is robustly ‘hands on’ and we don’t limit your observing time.

Without doubt the best bit of ‘equipment’ we have to offer is simply a world class dark sky. The zenith regularly hits 21.6 on the Sky Quality Meter, a reading comparable with the famous observing sites in Namibia. Young observers have reached magnitude 7 naked eye. The summer Milky Way is breathtakingly clear.


Orion : what a starry sky should look like
(click image)
20 inch Dobson f4.1
The 20inch Dobson f4.1
Come and see things you have never seen before
(Photo: Ed Ewing)
astronomical 'cold cameras'
Dedicated astronomical 'cold cameras'
Takahashi FSQ astrograph
Takahashi FSQ astrograph
127mm refractor
127mm refractor in one of three
roll-off observatories