Steve Owens is a professional stargazer, dark skies consultant, and author of the book “Stargazing for Dummies”. He has worked as a science communicator for over a decade, having run the Glasgow planetarium for many years, and in 2009 was UK manager for the International Year of Astronomy. He was presented with the Federation of Astronomical Societies 2010 award for Outstanding Achievement in Astronomy, the Campaign for Dark Skies 2010 award for Efforts in Dark Sky Preservation, and the International Dark-skies Association’s Dark Sky Defender 2011 award. He was also short-listed for the UK Space Conference’s 2010 Arthur Clarke award, and was a 2011 Winston Churchill Traveling Fellow.
In 2009 Steve set up the first International Dark Sky Park in the UK, in Galloway, Scotland. Since then he has helped Sark and Exmoor achieve similar status, and is working with a growing number of other places, including Saint Helena, looking to protect their nightscape and benefit from dark skies.
On this stargazing tour you will have the opportunity to stargaze from a truly unique place – Saint Helena. The island is steeped in astronomical history, and you’ll visit the sites of Halley’s observatory (he of comet fame), as well as those of the other astronomers who have visited Saint Helena over the centuries. Its location near the equator means that virtually every constellation in the sky is visible at one time or another from Saint Helena, and visitors from the UK will be amazed to see a whole new collection of stars in the southern hemisphere that simply aren’t visible from Europe: the famous Southern Cross, the Magellanic Clouds, and the galactic centre of the Milky Way.
Depart Cape Town. Meet your tour guide and fellow passengers
On board the RMS St Helena
Arrive St Helena and check into your accommodation. Historic Jamestown Tour. Guided tour of historical sites in Jamestown, followed by lunch at a Jamestown restaurant. In the afternoon there is a guided walk to the Heart Shaped Waterfall. Dinner at the Godfather’s Rock Club
The Napoleonic Tour. Lunchtime break in Jamestown. Early dinner at the Consulate Hotel. Sky Watching in the evening
The Millennium Forest & Scenic Sensations Tour, includes lunch en route. Dinner at Orange Tree Oriental Restaurant
Dolphin Trip and Coastal Sightseeing. Lunch break at a Jamestown restaurant. Early dinner at the Sunflower Cafe. Sky Watching in the evening
Wirebird Watching and Guided Diana’s Peak Walk, packed lunch en route. Dinner at Wellington House
Plantation House Tour and Tour of the Island’s Interior, includes Halley’s Observatory, Princes Lodge to view Castell Collection, Rosemary Plain, and afternoon tea at Farm Lodge. Dinner at Harris’s Guest House
Our East India Company Origins, includes Munden’s Batteries, Ladder Hill Fort, Sandy Bay Beach, High Knoll Fort, packed lunch en route. Afternoon tea at ‘Harlyn’. Dinner at Farm Lodge
Depart St Helena
On board RMS ST Helena
Arrive Cape Town
Price is per person and includes accommodation in a shared two berth cabin on A deck with private facilities and full board while on board the RMS St Helena, in a twin/double room with shared facilities on St Helena at Wellington House Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, all tours on St Helena with lunches and evening meals where mentioned.
Tour prices are based on minimum numbers and will operate guided ex Cape Town with minimum numbers reached. Tour content, sightseeing and activities are subject to local conditions. A single supplement and normal terms and conditions apply for bookings.