Star gazing in the Cederberg
On most Saturday evenings (weather permitting) the observatory opens its doors to members of the public to come and enjoy what the observatory has to offer. All other weekends a short slide show is followed by some viewing through a telescope or two. A variety of objects will be viewed for example, planets, comets, nebulae, open clusters, globular clusters, planetary nebulae and of course any galaxies that may be visible. Although entrance is free there is the expectation that a donation be deposited into the donations box.
Please note that all this takes place outdoors at night so dress appropriately to keep warm, especially in the winter months.
Or, take your own star chart and explore the heavens from your cottage at Mount Ceder! The sky is alive with constellations – known and about to be created by you. The options are endless and are only limited by your own creativity! Star charts available from the Old Millhouse shop.
Please click HERE to learn more about the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory!
The stars shine bright at Mount Ceder because there is no light pollution from surrounding towns or cities. The skies are so clear you can see most of the constellations. From May to October, the milky way is visible in the Southern Hemisphere and can be seen quite clearly at Mount Ceder. We have a photographic course that runs over the new moon weekends where experienced photographer Juan Venter will teach you how to photograph the milky way. Follow Juan's work on Facebook.
High in the Cederberg Mountains, on the farm Dwarsrivier lies the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory (19 deg 15' E 32 deg 30' S). Privately owned and a non-profit organization it is run by seven partners.
The observatory has been in existence since the early eighties. Originally an undeveloped plot of land with little more than unpolluted dark skies and magnificent mountain views to recommend it, the observatory has developed over the years into an amateur astronomer's paradise. A dome houses a 16" telescope and a shed with a roll-off roof shelters another.