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covering the Northern Yorkshire Dales


Yorkshire Dales National Park developing a bid for Dark Skies Reserve status


At our December meeting David Evans the YDNPA Dark Skies Project officer explained that the YDNPA are developing a bid for dark skies reserve status and requested our assistance in surveying the quality of the night sky in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. He has lent us a light meter so that we can take readings on clear moonless nights during the winter. In order to ensure consistent results he has given us a set of guidelines for taking the readings with the light meter and some forms to complete with the readings and locations. There is also a list of recommended times and dates for taking readings when the moon is not visible. If you can help with taking the readings please contact MikeW - see contact page.

Click here to download a copy of the Dark Sky Meter Guidance document

Click here to download a copy of the dark skies meter record sheet

Click here to download a copy of the recommended dates and times for taking readings


A sequence of photographs of the moon taken during the total eclipse on 21st January 2019

(© M Walton)