A more awesome telescope for science outreach

by Dartmoor Skies in Buckfastleigh, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th December 2019 we successfully raised £3,179 with 47 supporters in 42 days

We're raising funds for a new telescope to bring the most amazing and inspiring stargazing experience to people across Devon and beyond.

by Dartmoor Skies in Buckfastleigh, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We're so delighted to have reached our first goal. As there's some time left until the end of our campaign, we've added a stretch target. This extra money will allow us to make the very most of the new telescope. Any support you can give this project would be amazing! And we still have some gifts available!

We'd buy:

  • 17mm Televue Nagler Eyepiece (to give the best view possible)
  • Shroud (to stop pesky stray light)
  • Stepladder (for accessibility)

Dartmoor Skies started life over 4 years ago in Buckfastleigh, Devon. Rob (an astronomy nerd) and Bryony Tilsley (a star gazer) wanted to offer people the opportunity to learn more about space and stargaze for themselves. Turns out, people love astronomy and stargazing so we've been busy ever since.

"Your knowledge and enthusiasm made for an insightful evening. Seeing Saturn for the first time was incredible and will be a lasting memory."

We now have a small team of dedicated volunteers and have welcomed more than 2500 people to our events. There have, of course, been cloudy nights, but the majority of those people have looked through our telescope and seen amazing sights such as the Moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, stars and comets.

Our telescope is falling apart

We've been using a telescope which was a birthday gift to Rob from his family. At the time we got it, we never thought that we’d found an astronomy outreach charity and run events. This telescope has served Dartmoor Skies extremely well, but it's had a tough life over the last 4 years and is now falling to bits. We don't know how much longer it can last and, without it, we will struggle to run our activities. There are also certain astronomical objects that we aren't able to see with this telescope, so we'd like to upgrade to something which will allow us to share more delights of the night sky.

We need a new telescope - one that will make stargazing an even more amazing experience. We'll be able to share more astronomical objects in even more detail and keep inspiring people to discover more about space.

Our goal

The telescope we want to buy is the Explore Scientific Ultra Light 16 inch Generation 2. On it's own it costs £2225, and there's additional equipment we need to make the best use of this fab piece of kit.

In total, we need raise £2650 to make this awe upgrade happen. The Crowdfunder will go a long way to helping us reach this target.

"Incredibly inspiring people who bring you closer to the majesty of the cosmos with fascinating talks and mesmerizing stargazing sessions."

Thank you!

Everyone who contributes to the Moorscope campaign will be invited to a stargazing party to launch and celebrate our brand new telescope. And we have a selection of other thank you gifts too.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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Dartmoor Skies postcard collection + more

As a thank you we'll send you 4 Dartmoor Skies postcards, each with a different astronomical or event image taken by our resident astrophotographers. We'll also invite you to a celebratory star party to launch the new telescope and add your name to the Thank You page on the Dartmoor Skies website.

£50 or more

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Dartmoor Skies T-Shirt + more

Choose your own Dartmoor Skies t-shirt. They feature our logo and artwork created by an illustrator from Devon and are available in different sizes and colours. You'll also be invited to the star party to launch the new telescope, and we'll add your name to our Thank You page on the Dartmoor Skies website.

£100 or more

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Get a Dartmoor Skies Hoodie!

You can choose one of our Dartmoor Skies hoodies with our logo and artwork. Different colours and sizes available. We'll also add your name to the Thank You page on the Dartmoor Skies website and you'll be invited to launch party for our new scope!

£250 or more

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Private stargazing experience on Dartmoor

We'll book in a private stargazing experience either at your home or on Dartmoor. Just tell us what you'd prefer! You'll also be invited to our telescope launch party and be listed on the Thank You page of our website.

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