My Dark Sky Site

22nd August 2016

glob marks the spotThere’s nothing bigger or darker or more beautiful than the sky at night in the Kalahari.

I can tick all the “Bortle Class 1 Sky” boxes… no light pollution at all… my horizons so utterly dark that stars are visible right to the horizons… the little bushes around me are visible only as silhouettes… airglow is readily apparent… naked eye stars are almost dizzying in their numbers… naked eye limiting magnitude 7.5… I can clearly see Centaurus A as a

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Van Zylsrus

22nd August 2016

Town 1 Says it allI’ve always loved maps, atlases and globes, especially old ones. My globe at home is pre-1960s, and you wouldn’t recognise the southern end of Africa – Bechuanaland … Southern Rhodesia… Basutoland… Nyasaland… Northern Rhodesia… South West Africa… country names long since disappeared – but somehow the globe looks right sitting there in its old political garb beside my gorgeous Sky and Telescope globes of Mars, Venus and the Moon.

Even as a kid, maps were the thing. While my

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The Portable Library

22nd August 2016

Portable libraryI am a bibliophile. I love books. Life without books is inconceivable to me. I’ve always been a voracious reader; in fact I can’t remember not being able to read – it’s as if all that is memorable in my life began with reading. I live in a library basically; when I moved to Limpopo from Cape Town it took 40 crates to lug the book there.

It was really tough trying to select the books I wanted to bring

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The Kalahari

21st August 2016

About Kalahari 1The Kalahari, like all great deserts, evokes images of infinite skies, vast open spaces and a savage sun. The landscape stretches into an infinity of great rolling red sand dunes, salt pans, endless grassland scrub, ancient dry river beds, and camel thorn trees whose distorted trunks bulge like muscles in order to draw water up from the dry sands. It is at once enthralling and intimidating. But it isn’t for everyone.

The Kalahari is for those who like solitude, horizons,

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About my telescopes

21st August 2016

About Telescope

I have both my 10” f/5 Dobs and 16″ f/4.5 Dobs here in the Kalahari. I began my rambles with only my 10″ because as a travelling telescope, it is just perfect! Not only does it fit onto the back seat of my car, I can also pick it up, set it up and move it with relative ease.

In March 2017, I found a dark sky base for the fabulous winter skies, so I made the 3,000 kilometre

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About me

21st August 2016

Waldo and MeMy name is Susan Young. I am a writer. I love the stars above everything. I love the Kalahari. So I decided to set off with my dog, Waldo, my telescope and my tea-brewing kit and wander around under the Kalahari’s pristine dark skies, star-gazing all night long, every night long.

My greatest passion in life is astronomy. Here’s why:

Take a moment and imagine that you are standing beneath a beautiful starry sky. You look up and peer out

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