A Beginner’s Guide to Winter Stargazing

There are lots of benefits to winter; snuggling up with your special someone, enjoying your favourite red wine, skiing and gazing up at the inky-black sky full of stars and bright planets.

Stargazing is wonderful anytime of the year, but in the winter, the sky is at its most clear. Stargazing reconnects you with nature, as you stare in awe of the vastness of the star-filled sky.

Check out our guide to winter stargazing below.

Book a PurePod

It’s winter, but you don’t need to be stuck in the city in the dreary cold. Treat yourself and your significant other to a winter getaway. PurePods are designed to ensure you experience nature’s show vividly, utilising all your senses whilst remaining sheltered in luxury. The effect is incredible. With a glass roof you can watch all the twinkling stars or perhaps a winter storm roll in whilst staying toasty warm in a luxurious bed.

Escape the city

With light pollution in towns and cities obstructing our view of nature’s show, it’s best to head out of town and well away from the city lights. PurePods are completely isolated and surrounded by nature – the sky, the hills, the sea, the birds, the bush – so no light pollution.

Reach for the telescope

To get the full stargazing experience each of our PurePods have a telescope so you can check out the planets, stars and meteor showers.

Layer up

If you decide to venture out of the warm coziness of your glass PurePod and stargaze from the deck, then layer up your clothing, or take advantage of the hot water bottles and picnic blankets to rug up in the fresh night air.

Tips for capturing the moment

Paul Wilson specialises in astrophotography, and his top tips for taking great photos of the night sky, start with a tripod to keep your camera totally still. This way, as you take long exposure photography of the magnificent view above, you’ll be able to keep your camera nice and still and avoid taking blurry images.

For best results you’ll want a wide angle lens to catch as much of the sky as you can, a 14mm or 24mm lens is ideal.

Remember to take off auto focus and manually focus on the stars, also set a 2 second timer so your camera doesn’t get bumped when pressing the shutter button.

And lastly, it’s all about the fun of trying new things and experimenting, there are no rules when it comes to photography! We love receiving guest photos, so send us the snaps you’re most proud of.

Every night staying at PurePods is a unique experience with nature putting on a show.

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