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We would like to thank the Brecon Beacons NPA, The Allt B&B and Countryfile & the Brecon Beacons 5th international dark sky reserve in the world for the following video clips of the dark sky's in the Brecon Beacons.

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By Tich Wykes

5 Top Spots for Stargazing around Brecon

On a clear moonless night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, many major constellations, nebulas and meteor showers.

The Brecon Beacons National Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it very special destination for stargazers. There are lots of Events to enjoy stargazing

A Usk Reservoir

The reservoir is located 6 miles from Trecastle LD3 8UW and is signposted on the Llanddeusant road.

The car park area at Usk reservoir is an ideal place to enjoy the outstanding dark skies of the Brecon Beacons. The large flat area enables set up a telescopes and the road access from Trecastle means it is easily accessible. This area enjoys a naked eye limiting magnitude of 6.4 and is protected from the lig Reservoirht pollution of the South Wales valleys.

B Crai Reservoir

This reservoir is extremely dark but unfortunately it has few locations accessible to the casual observer. The village however has a field nearby that provides great views and has ample parking. There are also laybys alongside the A4607 which are ideal vantage points to enjoy the beauty of the dark skies.

C National Park Visitor Centre

A great place to set up your telescope. The centre is signposted from the A470 at the village of Libanus and offers easy access for the public both day and night. It's only an hour's drive from every one of the South Wales valleys. Enjoy some superb vistas and skies with a limiting magnitude of 6.37.

D Pontsticill Reservoir

A great location accessed from Merthyr Tydfil. The reservoir is popular with anglers and picnickers by day, and stargazers and their telescopes by night. That's because the site provides excellent viewing of the night sky with many parking places located along the banks of the reservoir.

E Llangorse Lakes

Extremely accessible with plenty of parking, the lakes provide superb views of the Milky Way and numerous deep sky objects that can be seen with the naked eye. It shares the location with an outdoor pursuits centre which has some stray light but that only makes a little intrusion into this well-known beauty spot.

LOOKING TO GET AWAY AND EXPERIENCE TRUE CLEAR SKIES (weather permitting!)

The Elenydd Wilderness Hostel in the Cambrian Mountains offer light pollution free skies as well as a full nature experience at minimum cost.

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