Stargazing from your Conservatory01/09/2016
The best place for observing the stars is outside. But it can get chilly out there, even on a summer night. If you’re an amateur astronomer, having a conservatory is the perfect way to enjoy the night sky without getting too cold – and it can help you out in some surprising ways!
Storing Sensitive Equipment
Lens fog is a perennial problem for stargazers. Taking your telescope from the warm environment of a centrally heated house to the cold outside causes the lens to fog up. Leaving expensive equipment outside is obviously a bad idea - it might get damaged or even stolen. A conservatory is a secure place that can be kept closer to the outside temperature, making it an ideal place to store your telescope.
Watching the Weather
Your conservatory is the perfect place to keep an eye on the amount of cloud cover in your area. Clouds are the astronomer’s enemy as they block the view of the constellations. From the comfort of your conservatory, you can see whether it is worth heading outdoors and setting up your equipment.
As spotting meteors requires no magnifying equipment like binoculars or telescopes, you can sit in your conservatory with the lights off and watch the night sky for shooting stars. The annual Perseid meteor shower - visible from the Northern hemisphere every August - is just coming to an end. The next major meteor shower - the Leonids - will hit its peak on the night of November 17th.
Warming up with a Hot Drink
If you’re going to be up all night observing the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, you are probably going to want some fresh coffee from time to time. You can warm up in the conservatory without disturbing the rest of the household who will be trying to sleep!
A conservatory is the perfect addition to a home with a budding astronomer. Call us on 01953 600505 for more information, or visit our showrooms in Wymondham or Diss.
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