Stargazing On A Cyclades Islands Private Yacht Cruise
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Stargazing on A Cyclades Islands Private Yacht Cruise

There's nothing quite like a stargazing experience. It's something that pretty much anyone can enjoy to some degree, with the stars and galaxies exhibiting an unparalleled performance of spectacular visuals. But living as we do in packed cities or alongside brightly lit roads, it will come as no surprise that many people have never witnessed the night sky unspoilt by electric lights. Hopping on a sailing cruise is a great way to get away from the glow, and to finally come face to face with a magnificent open vista of velvet black, scattered with stars.

If this is part of your sailing cruise that you're particularly looking forward to, it's worth checking out some of our tips below for optimising your stargazing.

1. Choose your destination

If you're looking for prime stargazing opportunities during your sailing tour, it's worth going for a destination that offers minimal light pollution. It's no good opting for an itinerary that sees you spending one evening after another in major ports. Fortunately, at Greek Water Yachts, we specialise in smaller scale sailing cruise vessels that allow for intimate exploration of our destinations. This allows us to visit more isolated parts of the Cyclades that boast excellent stargazing opportunities.

2. Time your journey

Exactly when you travel will also have a lot of impact on the quality of your stargazing. Our advice is to choose the dry season of your given holiday destination as there will likely be fewer clouds throughout your journey, allowing for greater clarity. It's also worth noting what time of the month you'll be travelling, rather than just the time of year. If you're cruising coincides with a full moon, you can be sure of getting some fantastic views of its silvery presence. But at the same time, the strong light will mean you have a lower chance of seeing smaller objects such as satellites, or celestial bodies such as planets. This is certainly something to take into account.

3. Buy a guide

If you really want to make the most of your stargazing opportunity, it's definitely worth procuring a guide to the various constellations. When seeking out a book, it's important to keep two things in mind. Firstly, does it cover the stars in your destination of choice? Secondly, is it up to date? While bookshops are unlikely to stock guides that are no longer accurate, this isn't really a sale you should carry out on eBay in case someone is trying to offload an out-of-date copy.

4. Check for unpredictable events

Famous stargazer David Levy once compared comets and meteors to cats – "They have tails and they do what they want." While scientists are generally able to calculate the path of a single comet or even a shower, it is impossible to know very far in advance how visible it will be from Earth. However, all is not lost, and if you're determined to get a glimpse of a shooting star, there are websites available that offer schedules for potential sightings. You might be out of luck, but it's certainly worth checking while you're private cruising or, if possible, during the journey.

5. Take the right equipment

If you're particularly keen on sampling the night sky, a bit of preparation is needed by way of the equipment you're bringing. A telescope cheap portable telescope is necessary for those who want an authentic stargazing experience as you'll stand a greater chance of witnessing far-off celestial bodies. For those who don't know their Orions from their Ploughs, there are applications for iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones that allow you to identify the constellations just by pointing your camera at the night sky.

So what are you waiting for? Decide which stars you're keenest on seeing and get ready for some excellent stargazing while sailing the Greek islands with a charter yacht.

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