2021 Milky Way and Star Workshops on location in West Cornwall

All Milky Way and star workshops are subject to weather conditions and clear night skies.  These workshops can be stand-alone or combined with two or more day bookings.  As it is difficult to forecast in advance when to plan these events, definite dates will be decided on the first day of your workshop.

The area of Cornwall west of Hayle where we are based forms part of an area depicted in a newly released West Cornwall Dark Sky Proposal map.  This proposal aims to raise public awareness of light pollution across Cornwall and urges people to help conserve our starry dark night sky.  The far west where we operate has some of the clearest dark skies in the UK so is an ideal location for nighttime photography.

Below is a list of the best dates for star photography for 2021 based on the moon phases when there is very little or no moon light.  Other times may be available for Milky Way photography depending on the time the moon rises and sets. If the best dates are not convenient please contact me and other dates and times may be suitable :

Month Date Time
April 7th – 16th 02:30am – 04:30am
May 7th – 16th 00:30am – 02:50am
June 6th – 15th 23:30pm – 03:00am
July 5th – 13th 23:30pm – 03:00am
August 5th – 11th 22:30pm – -02:30am
September 4th – 10th 21:30pm – 00:30am
October 3rd – 9th 19:45pm – 22:30pm

These dates are when there will be little or no moon visible which enables the brightest Milky Way images.  This can be complicated in June and July by the sun which never goes below 18 degrees under the horizon which means the sky is never completely dark.  For the first three months listed, the best times for star photography are at rather more unsociable hours!  Once we get into June, the time periods are more reasonable at 11.15pm onwards.  As previously stated other dates during these months may be suitable but this is dependent upon the position of the moon and the times it rises and sets.  These can be discussed further at the time of booking. For prices click Workshop Details and Prices.

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