Astronomical Leeuwenboschfontein

Leeuwenboschfontein under the stars

Top Left: Lots of interesting cloud patterns. Top Right: Beautiful Earth shadow and Girdle of Venus. Bottom Left: Nice sunset (looking east though) with my shadow in the bottom left hand corner. Bottom Right: Sunset looking across the dam and the camp site.
Top Left: Lots of interesting cloud patterns. Top Right: Beautiful Earth shadow and Girdle of Venus. Bottom Left: Nice sunset (looking east though) with my shadow in the bottom right hand corner. Bottom Right: Sunset looking across the dam and the camp site.

Two and a half days and two nights to Leeuwenboschfontein and back from Cape Town.  The tour will preferably take place in the week after the New Moon but can also be scheduled for the week before.  For more details about this tour please contact us.  To find out more about Leeuwenboschfontein please go here or visit Leeuwenboschfontein’s Facebook page here. To return to the Astronomy Tours page click here.  To return to the main Tours page click here.

Day 1
Depart from Brackenfell at 13:00.
Drive to the Leeuwenboschfontein via Worcester, De Doorns & Hexpass. / Possible alternative route is via Slanghoek, Michell’s Pass and Ceres
Settle in at the guest houses on Leeuwenboschfontein.
Supper followed by an astronomy talk, naked eye & binocular stargazing as well as the use of a telescope.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Astronomy talk.
Drive up to the lookout for a packed picnic lunch.
Return to Leeuwenboschfontein, free time to explore the farm & relax.
Supper followed by an astronomy talk, naked eye & binocular stargazing as well as the use of a telescope.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Depart at 09:30.
Drive to Montagu for tea/coffee/refreshments.
Drive to a wine estate in the Breede River Valley for a wine tasting and late lunch.
Return to Cape Town via Stormsvlei & Sir Lowry’s Pass.
ETA in Brackenfell is 18:00.

Possible alternative to Day 3
Breakfast.
Depart at 09:30.
Drive through Ceres & Michell’s Pass to a venue in Tulbagh for a wine tasting and late lunch.
Return to Cape Town via Nuwekloof Pass, Wellington and Paarl.
ETA in Brackenfell is 18:00.

For more details about this tour please contact us.  To return to the Astronomy Tours page click here.  To return to the main Tours page click here.

Top: This is a photograph of the sky in the vicinity of the Large Magellanic cloud. The lighter misty patch at rust left of centre to the left is the Large Magellanic Cloud. Bottom: This is time lapse taken of the area just to the left of the South Celestial pole. The apparent tracks the stars make which seem to indicate movement are actually tracks caused by the Earth rotating and, of course, us with it.
Top: This is a photograph of the sky in the vicinity of the Large Magellanic cloud. The lighter misty patch just left of centre is the Large Magellanic Cloud. Bottom: This is time lapse taken of the area just to the left of the South Celestial pole. The apparent tracks the stars make which seem to indicate movement are actually tracks caused by the Earth rotating and, of course, us with it.

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