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San Anton albergue - new astronomical viewing area

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A Burgos website has reported that a small astronomy observation space is being created at the San Anton albergue - a raised platform with tripod-mounted binoculars, a telescope and planispheres to guide the viewers.

 
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I'm not quite sure what to make of this.. I loved the calm and rustic simplicity of San Anton. We didn't need viewing platforms, tripods and laser pointers to enjoy the night sky..
 
The first edition came out in 2003 and has become the go-to-guide for many pilgrims over the years. It is shipping with a Pilgrim Passport (Credential) from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
There will also be six outdoor sleeping pads to sleep outdoors and enjoy the Milky Way.
For people who don't live in dark sky areas or don't have easy access, this would be ideal for watching the Perseid meteor shower in August. 2023 will be a good year for seeing Perseids as the moon will only be 10% illuminated.

Oh, and you could watch the Milky Way all night and ponder about the advice to follow it to reach Santiago de Compostela ... 🤭
 
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Oh, and you could watch the Milky Way all night and ponder about the advice to follow it to reach Santiago de Compostela ... 🤭
The most spectacular star display I've ever seen was when camping in a national park in Australia. The Milky Way was a massive band of stars right overhead. I had serious doubts that following it would take me to Galicia! :)
 
I'm not quite sure what to make of this.. I loved the calm and rustic simplicity of San Anton. We didn't need viewing platforms, tripods and laser pointers to enjoy the night sky..
I liked it a lot too. But not many of us stayed there - the hoardes streamed by on their way to Castrjerez. It said in one of the links that this was to encourage people to stop.
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
Sounds like an April fool's joke to me? They will have to make sure no masonry drops on visitor's heads? I was almost killed by falling rocks in 2016.
 
my favorite night of star gazing was in the middle of the night on the meseta somewhere. the milky way stretching along the way was majestic. i recommend getting up QUIETLY in the middle of the night some time, having prepared your stuff prior to going to bed, sneak outside and just lie down on the path and look up. the meseta is perfect as it’s flat and easy walking in the dark. amazing!
 
...and ship it to Santiago for storage. You pick it up once in Santiago. Service offered by Casa Ivar (we use DHL for transportation).

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