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General Info: PLEASE READ
Note: Observing is weather dependant -see Weather Information note at right.

BAS Meeting Locations: (not weather dependant)
Note: No BAS meeting occur in January or February due to travel issues in winter months.
Meetings happen at 7 pm (first Wed of the Month) at Bailey Hall OSSDS (fall dates TBA) or ES Fox Observatory (July 4, Aug 1, Sep 5 ) (washrooms available) (map)

The next regular monthly meeting of BAS is at 7 pm Oct 3, 2018 at Bailey Hall MAP Peter Martin Dunlap Inst.

BAS Observing Locations: (all locations are handicap accessible)
Observing happens mostly at the ES Fox Observatory (3092 Bruce Rd 13) but there are other venues periodically. See the list below for location details.

Most o
bserving locations are “remote locations” meaning there are NO permanent on-site washroom facilities. A portable washroom is located near the Fox Observatory for the summer months only and the washrooms are available at the Learning Centre (key required) at other times.

BAS Observing Events (dates listed below) occur at the ES Fox Observatory (3092 Bruce Rd 13) at the Bluewater Outdoor Ed Centre. Viewing at the observatory is WEATHER DEPENDENT. See notes below for more about weather.

Best observing occurs during NM and LQ. When the Moon brightens the sky at FQ and FM fainter objects are not as easily seen. The Moon, planets, and star clusters are usually visible even during FM nights using our GOTO telescope. The list of Astronomy Events for 2018 is available here: ASTRONOMY EVENTS 2018. There is a separate list of BAS CLUB events for 2018 here: 2018 BAS CLUB EVENTS

Note: Observing events at the Fox Observatory are open to the public on public viewing nights ONLY. We are not open during weekdays or evenings during the school year. Refer to each listing below for details. School-aged children are always free and welcome to attend with parents or guardians on public nights. Contact us by phone (519-379-7709) or email stargazerjohn@rogers.com ahead of time. Donations to support our activities are gratefully accepted.

BAS member impromptu observing also occurs at the Fox Observatory. These are restricted to current members who must notify the organizer that you are coming. Members wishing to be put on the notification list please email Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com.



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WEATHER INFORMATION
ALL observing events require clear skies. If it is overcast or raining, the observing event will NOT be possible. If you arrive at the venue, there may not be any BAS members there. However, BAS monthly (indoor) meetings occur rain or shine.

If skies are partly cloudy, check the ES Fox Observatory
Clear Sky Clock for weather prospects or call 519-379-7709 to confirm the event.


This list was updated Apr 7 and includes events for April and May 2018.

Note: BAS meetings are NOT held in January and February but impromptu observing sessions continue on weekends at the Fox Observatory. Contact Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com to be put on the alert list for these.

Stargazing at the Fox Observatory is only possible weather permitting and ONLY on official BAS-sponsored events. There is NO general public access to the facility at other times. When visiting the observatory, park in the lot near the Learning Centre and walk to the observatory please. Washrooms at the Learning Centre will be available for all BAS-sponsored events and a portable washroom is on site for the summer.

The next BAS regular Wed night meeting occurs on Sep 5, 2018 at 7 pm at ES Fox Observatory. Click for MAP.

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Selected Astronomical and BAS Club events: Sept/Oct 2018:


(Times are in 24-hr format unless otherwise noted).

Note: there are no regular BAS meetings in Jan or Feb, only impromptu viewing at Fox Observatory or other locations (like Sauble Beach) weather-permitting.

A list of ASTRONOMY EVENTS FOR 2018 is available here: ASTRONOMY EVENTS 2018. Note that this list is amended periodically to correct or add events.



Alan Dyer’s astronomical calendar for 2018 (with diagrams of sky sights) is available for download here: Amazing Sky Calendar 2018. Be sure to visit Alan Dyer's website here: www.amazingsky.com


September 2018
Sep 03 to 19 Best time to view Comet 21/P Giacobini-Zinner. This comet is predicted to be brightest during this 2 week period when the Moon is also not obliterating faint objects (NM on Sep 9). The comet will be passing through Auriga and then Gemini, and is well placed in the northern sky being circumpolar for a time. It rises during dark hours and is visible for most of the night. Charts for this period are found on our VIS. COMETS page.

Sep 05 (Wed) 19:00 BAS meeting at 7 pm at ES Fox Observatory at the Outdoor Ed Centre near Wiarton
(MAP) . This meeting is a chance to share your experiences of Starfest. Come ready for an observing session afterwards if weather allows and you should probably bring bug spray. Also to help reduce our use of paper and styrofoam cups, please bring your own coffee mug.

Sep 07 (Fri) 12:00 Neptune reaches opposition. On this date, Neptune, the more distant of the two outer gas giants (the farthest official planet) reaches opposition on the same side of the Sun as Earth. In our sky it rises at sunset in the east and sets when the Sun returns to the sky at dawn. Neptune is located in Aquarius shining at magnitude 7.8 and visible in binoculars. Finder chart is found here: Neptune 2018

Sep 08 (Sat) 20:00 Dark of the Moon viewing @Fox Join BAS members for an informal night of viewing (weather permitting) to check out Comet 21/P, Mars, Saturn and other sky sights that come out when the Moon is not present brightening the sky. Dress warmly as this will be a cool night but hot chocolate and coffee will be available. Please park at the Learning Centre parking lot and walk to the observatory. This is a public event and we welcome all.

Sep 14/15/16 (Fri/Sat/Sun) Inverhuron Dark Sky Weekend. Paid up BAS members get free camping at a campsite in return for bringing their telescopes to share the stars with day visitors and campers at the park. Viewing area is the main parking lot near the beach. If you wish to take part, BAS members MUST register with John H. by Aug 15 so that names of BAS attendees can be sent to park staff. The public viewing site is far enough away from the campsites that vehicles will be necessary to transport your equipment.

Sep 21 (Fri) Venus at maximum illuminated extent. Venus has been slowly getting closer to us and increasing in apparent size as she does so, but the percentage of surface illuminated slowly decreases as the planet becomes more of a crescent. The two effects (decreasing illumination due to phase and increasing disk size as Venus approaches) provide for a maximum brightness on Sep 21 when Venus reaches -4.8 magnitude. Check it out but a low SW horizon is needed as the planet is sinking lower and lower in the sky.

Sep 22 (Sat) Coffin Ridge viewing has been postponed to Oct 13 at the request of the winery.

October 2018
Oct 03 (Wed) 19:00 BAS meeting at 7 pm at Bailey Hall room 315 at OSDSS. (map) Speaker via Skype, Dr. Peter Martin recounts the “Dragonfly Project” a network of Canon 400mm lenses on CCD cameras. More here: Dragonfly . Come ready for an observing session afterwards if weather allows. Also to help reduce our use of paper and styrofoam cups, please bring your own coffee mug.

Oct 06 (Sat) 20:00 Dark of the Moon viewing @Fox Join BAS members for an informal night of viewing (weather permitting) to check out Comet 21/P, Mars, Saturn and other sky sights that come out when the Moon is not present brightening the sky. Dress warmly as this will be a cool night but hot chocolate and coffee will be available. Please park at the Learning Centre parking lot and walk to the observatory. This is a public event and we welcome all.

Oct 13 (Sat) Coffin Ridge Moon/planet viewing. BAS members have done star tours for this local winery before and the site turned out to be very nice for stargazing. This is a crescent Moon night and lunar features will be on the agenda but there are several planets still visible as well. Contact John H. if you are interested in joining the two members who have already signed up. (They heard a rumour about complimentary cheese and wine).


Oct 21 (Sun) 12:00 Orionid Meteor Shower
(20 per hour, but Moon is 91% illuminated) With the bright Moon, most of the Orionids will be washed out but you can expect a few fireballs to be seen. Besides, what else you going to do on a nice October Sunday evening?

Oct 23 (Tue) 20:00 Uranus reaches opposition. magnitude 5.7, which is the limit of naked eye visibility, so find a dark site during NM and have a go at seeing it. Use a pair of binoculars to locate its pale greenish-blue glow and then try it without optical aid. Finder charts can be found elsewhere on this website.