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To boldly go…….

The voyage these probes have been on is really quite staggering and they’re still going! Who knows where they’ll end up but what a journey and what an engineering triumph for space exploration!

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Get live weather reports and forecasts for the mountain

We’ve just added a new tab to our menu that links to a mountain weather forecast. It also includes live data so it’s easy to check on the conditions before making a trip. Happy stargazing everyone!

Astro season starts!

Weather permitting we’ll be heading to Tenerife tomorrow for the start of our Astro Season. First on the agenda is to collect our new 4×4 and equip it for luxury trips into the Teide National Park in time for our first guests of the season later this month. We’re so excited to be able to be able to get off the normal tourist roads to some new and exciting locations. This year promises some excellent stargazing nights; Jupiter, Saturn and Mars especially will put on a show and most of the major meteor showers are unaffected by the Moon and as always the majestic Milky Way will be high in the sky throughout. Happy stargazing and clear skies!

What’s up in March?

Telescope House’s excellent sky guide for March is here

Soyuz With Expedition 54 Trio Aboard Returns to Earth

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Meteor Shower guide for 2018

Click here for EarthSky’s excellent guide

Perseid meteor over Los Roques de Garcia

 

Ever wondered why the Moon is different every night or why you can sometimes see it during the day?

How the moon phases work (click here)

Crescent moon with earthshine

High performance equipment

Our HEQ5 Pro mount has been in for maintenance and has been professionally Hypertuned to give accurate unguided sub-arcsecond tracking of up to 10 minutes at a focal length of 500mm. Guided tracking will be even more impressive with exposures of beyond 30 minutes possible!

We’re looking forward to seeing what it can do, why not book an imaging trip with us and try it out for yourself?

This week’s weather on the mountain (2000m)

Very high winds and very cold temperatures ease towards the end of the week accompanied by some clear skies. https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Pico-de-Teide/forecasts/2000.

 

 

The Milky Way is back

We’re now into the time of year when the centre of the Milky Way, the Galactic Core is visible. You can catch it before dawn in the southern sky and each night it will rise earlier until it’s high in the sky just after sunset in the summer. Choose a moon-less night and get away from bright lights of the coast to enjoy this at its best.

Lucky, lucky, lucky!!!

Amateur astronomer captures a supernova’s 1st light

BEST OF MARCH SPECIAL EVENT stargazing with a large telescope at the Parador Hotel March 21st

Perseid meteor over Los Roques de Garcia
Perseid meteor over Los Roques de Garcia

BEST OF MARCH SPECIAL EVENT stargazing with a large telescope at the Parador Hotel on the morning of March 21st, only two tickets remaining. Just £75pp including transport from south coast resorts.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stargazing-experience-with-large-telescope-at-el-parador-hotel-las-canadas-tickets-42168571332

 

Jupiter Opposition 8th May 2018

Majestic Jupiter, king of the planets reaches opposition on the night of the 8th May this year and will be at its closest to Earth on May 10th. We’ll be running Jupiter watch sessions with our big telescopes throughout May which also sees a number of moon transits like the one pictured when you can watch one of the Galilean moons and its shadow cross the face of Jupiter.  Saturn and Mars are also up making this a great month for planetary observations and imaging!

Top 8 events to watch for this year

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/top-skywatching-events-2018-eclipses-meteors-planets-astronomy/

2018 will be a good year

2018 sees a number of excellent imaging opportunities for the planets, particularly Mars which is at a very close opposition this year. Deep sky targets are always on hand with the clear skies here making imaging them so much easier and it will be a very good year for the main meteor showers. Why not treat yourself to a serious Astro imaging break here and get yourself a year’s worth of data to process back in the cloudy UK?

Astronomy Now January edition features our picture of Jupiter as seen from Tenerife

Mars baby!

Mars will be at its closest this summer since way back in 2003 and will be brighter in the sky than the mighty Jupiter. Make the most of this great opportunity to see and image this enigmatic planet on our exclusive tour.

click here for more info

Mars – the red planet

New excursions for serious photographers coming soon – watch this space!

Teide casts a shadow
Teide casts a shadow at sunrise

Golf With The Stars In Tenerife — Travel and Tour World

Tenerife is not just the perfect place to play golf all-year round – it’s also one of the best destinations in which to go stargazing all-year round. Source: Travelandtourworld.

via Golf With The Stars In Tenerife — Travel and Tour World

Glorious Jupiter

Astronomy Now magazine has published one of our Jupiter images taken at Easter this year in their September issue! The clear skies here are ideal for taking pictures like this.