Day-time Livery
Night-time Livery
Sky Camp Etiquette and Q&A

Members of the Loughton Astronomical Society will be at the bandstand to answer any queries and to help you to enjoy your time at Equinox Sky Camp.

For the enjoyment of all, attendees are requested to follow standard Sky Camp etiquette:

CARS - No car movements are permitted after dark, so please arrange to arrive before this time.

LIGHTS - Only red torches are to be used at night and the light kept facing down. Toilet block lights will be shielded during the main weekend. Turn car interior and boot lights off before sunset, remove the fuse or cover them with opaque tape.  Please shield any computer screens or lighter flames. The use of bright laser pointers and Chinese lanterns is discouraged as it can interfere with imaging and is potentially dangerous.   If a bright light is unavoidable, call “Lights in 3 seconds” to give everyone time to respond.

NOISE and MUSIC - Loud talking, noise and computer audio on the site disturbs everyone throughout the night and if before 10:00 am on Sunday will disturb observers who do not retire until dawn.  Please consider others by not playing loud music; use headphones or ear-buds.

CHILDREN AND DOGS – Are very welcome to the event, but please keep them under control. Remember, the field is dark, there is valuable equipment and astronomers will have carefully aligned their telescopes.  Astronomers are often glad of a lie-in the following morning so, again, please be considerate.

RUBBISH - The site is rich in wildlife and a very pleasant place to stay, so please keep it that way. Use suitable containers and dispose of rubbish, litter and dog mess appropriately.  Dark sites and rubbish do not mix well.

SAFETY - This is a dark skies event so you are advised to take care at all times!
THANK YOU - The Organisers

Sky Camp Q&A

Who Organises the Autumn Sky Camp?   The Autumn Sky Camp is organised by the Loughton Astronomical Society and the Kelling Heath management. The LAS arranges dates and daytime entertainments over the weekend. Kelling Heath run the camp site, make bookings and provide all the normal camp site facilities.

Where do my camp site booking fees go?   You book your place on the camp site with Kelling Heath and pay your fees to Kelling Heath. They use the money to run their business providing camping facilities. Note: They do provide a special rate to astronomers attending Sky Camp, so be sure to tell Kelling Heath that you are booking for Sky Camp.

I read that there is a restriction on all male or female groups?   The normal restrictions on all male or female groups is relaxed for those attending Sky Camp

Who is responsible for running the observing fields?   The observing fields are all part of the Kelling Heath camp site. Kelling Heath retain control of these fields during Sky Camp and are responsible for the running of those fields.

Where should I book my pitch?   The red field is the farthest from the main site and tends to book up first. The pitches towards the northern end are considered the best. A few of the pitches at the southern end are below trees and not good for observing. The yellow field is also used for observing and is also covered by the no lights rules over the main weekend but is closer to some of the other facilit.ies

Who is responsible for safety?   It is the responsibility of everyone to act in a safe manner. Kelling Heath retain overall control of the whole site at all times.

Who is responsible for organising speakers? The LAS arranges speakers and a programme of other entertainments over the Sky Camp weekend.

What happens to the money I pay to attend talks? The fee for attending talks goes towards speakers expenses and other costs involved in organising and staging the talks.