Astro-Tourism Services, Partnerships & Consultancy
Dark Sky Telescope Hire are committed to developing access to astro-tourism information and opportunities across the globe. We are currently working with Exmoor National Park Authority to increase global awareness of Exmoor’s International Dark Sky Reserve, and to develop stargazing attractions and events across the region. Partnerships with astro-tourism providers have also been established in Anglesey in North Wales and in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales.
Below is a summary of the astro-tourism services provided at Dark Sky Telescope Hire:
Telescope Equipment Supply (UK Only): Dark Sky Telescope Hire will consider partnering with astro-tourism providers in the UK to enable free or low-cost access to telescope equipment that may then be hired out to visitors & guests. We offer portable easy-to-use dobsonian telescopes for stargazing. These are robust high-performance astronomical telescopes that are ideal for use by the general public who have no or limited stargazing / telescope knowledge. Full instructions and training provided. Ongoing free maintenance and free monthly bespoke night sky guides included. Visitors and guests can use the telescope on-site or take it off-site to a dark sky location.
Stargazing Equipment Sourcing & Consultancy: Do you want to buy binoculars or a telescope for your guests to use or to hire directly from you? Dark Sky Telescope Hire can help you source the right type of equipment, and help you develop training documentation so your guests get the most out of their time with the equipment.
Night Sky Navigation: No matter where your astro-tourism business is located in the world, Dark Sky Telescope Hire can produce bespoke monthly and seasonal night sky guides to help you, your visitors and guests find constellations, planets, stars and other celestial objects in the night sky with & without a telescope or binoculars. Guides can be branded with your logo, and contain observing notes specific to your location.
Telescope-Based Stargazing Events: We can provide stargazing events in the UK at your venue for up to 150 guests. We bring our telescopes and stargazing knowledge to you. Outdoor events only. We can also help organise and advertise overseas stargazing events.
Celestial Event Alerts: The night sky is a pretty dynamic place. The planets are always in motion against the starry background of space, as are satellites like the ISS (International Space Station) and comets that swing in towards the Sun from the outer reaches of our solar system. There are meteor showers, close asteroid passes and surprise auroral displays to look out for too. Dark Sky Telescope Hire specialise in knowing, when, where and how to look for these events, and in relaying this information to astro-tourism providers in an engaging format for guests & visitors to use.
Stargazing Engagement Material: Dark Sky Telescope Hire has a track record in developing astro-tourism leaflets, stargazing challenges, talks, posters, displays, web content, articles and books to help engage the public with stargazing opportunities at specific locations and within defined geographic regions. If you’re looking for a leaflet to bring more people to your guest house in search of a dark sky, or need to engage potential investors with specific astro-tourism data and information, Dark Sky Telescope Hire can help.
Contact Seb Jay at Dark Sky Telescope Hire using the form below if you would like to discuss any of the above opportunities, or if you need advice on how to get started in the astro-tourism business.