Observatory in Ireland

This item appears on page 41 of the January 2021 issue.

Budding astronomers visiting Ireland will have a chance to view the stars through a 14-inch telescope at the OM Dark Sky Park & Observatory (155 Davagh Rd., Omagh, Ireland; phone +353 28 8676 0681, omdarksky.com). Opened in October 2020, the telescope has automatic guide and lock-on features, so viewers can focus on spectacular astronomical objects.

At the observatory, open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 11-9 Fri.-Sat., visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, including virtual-reality experiences. Entry 5 (near $6). Anyone wanting to look through the telescope must book a private “group” tour, which includes time in the Dark Sky-accredited park (www.darksky.org). A tour must be booked in advance, with the price based on individual requirements.