Look up on a moonless cloud-free night from Exmoor National Park and you’ll be
greeted by a dazzling starlit landscape. Thousands of more stars can be seen from
this tiny dark sky enclave in Southwest Britain than from most towns and cities
around the world.
It is a stargazing paradise – a window into a Universe of distant
fragile light that can only be seen because of Exmoor’s zero tolerance towards light
In Exmoor Dark Skies life-long amateur astronomer Sebastian T. Jay explores the
wonders of this night-time world above our heads from some of the darkest places
around Exmoor’s International Dark Sky Reserve.
He uses his robust knowledge of
astronomy to take us on a journey out across the cosmos with our eyes, revealing
what we can see by just looking up, and the treasures that await our personal
discovery when using a small portable telescope.
Whether you’re an experienced amateur astronomer, new to the night sky, or simply
want to learn more about the opportunities to stargaze from Exmoor, this book serves
as a practical guide to help you get the most out of your time under Exmoor’s dark
Seb Jay is an amateur astronomer and owner of Dark Sky Telescope Hire. He has spent more than
25 years as a cosmic adventurer, exploring the Universe from some of the darkest skies in the world.
An advocate of Exmoor National Park’s International Dark Sky Reserve, Seb spends his time sharing
his enthusiasm for stargazing from dark sky locations. His aim is to spread awareness of Exmoor’s
dark sky resource, and to help others get the most out of their dark sky experience on the moors. In
doing so he hopes to show why this resource should be protected now and for future generations.
Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 091 7, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published August 2014.