Stargazing in Spain

Astronomy for beginners and amateurs with high quality material

botónHave you ever dreamed of going on a voyage to the stars ?

You only need to ask and Fred will share with you his passion for astronomy with the help of various telescopes. An unforgettable experience for both parents and children.

the astronomical observatory in the garden of the cottages

Introduction to astronomy

With the aid of a 200 mm telescope in the cottages’ garden, discover the brightest stars in the sky such as the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, as well as double stars, clusters and impressive nebulae.

Duration: 1,5 hour

For a 4 or more days stay.

Fred and his telescope Albireo
Dobson 500 in the sierra of Salamanca

Explore the universe

You’ll have a unique opportunity to look through a 500 mm telescope from a light-pollution-free observation point near the village. With this diameter, galaxies reveal their spiral structures, planets and nebulae colours. The starry sky seems endless.

Duration: 2-3 hours.

For one week stays or longer.

Fred and his 500 mm dobson factory

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A sky free of light-pollution

Light pollution is the cancer of the sky: Year after year, it is increasing due to increased artificial light sources such as street lighting, highways, car headlights, lights and aerials, wind turbines, illuminated signs … We are left without the joy of connecting with an essential part of our environment: The starry sky. The remoteness of the Sierra de Francia area, far from  large cities and sparsely populated, makes it one of the few remaining dark skies in Western Europe. It also offers viewpoints that reach 1700 meters, much higher than the usual 1000 meters. You’ll enjoy the clear and transparent sky.

mapa de contaminación luminica en España
Black: Dark sky, ideal for astronomy. 2000-3000 stars visible.
Blue: Good visibility. 1000-2000 stars visible. Some sources of light start to showon the horizon..
Green: Sky mediocre near cities. 500-1000 stars visible. The Milky Way can be perceived but dull.
Yellow: Bad visibility. 250-500 stars visible. The Milky Way is barely visible.
Orange: Typical urban sky .Like being constantly with a full moon. 150-250 stars visible. Milky Way is invisible.
Red: Sky. 80-150 stars visible. You can recognize the outline of some constellations.
White: City-centre sky: 15 to 50 stars visible. You can only see the brightest stars, the moon and some planets.