MAPS and CHARTS (updated for 2017)
On this page you will find maps to our venues as well as various star charts. Feel free to download any of these. Please notify the webmaster if you spot any errors in our charts or download problems. Please check date ranges for each chart as some may not cover the current period. Finder charts may include periods when the objects are too close to the Sun to be seen. Check your planetarium program for visibility.
NOTE: some charts are pdfs and you can save them to your desktop, others are jpgs and you can just drag them to the desktop to make a copy.
Star Charts to help you find stuff in the night sky
Here are two sites that provide nice monthly star charts for free:
What's Out Tonight
Maps to ES FOX and Grey Roots Museum
ES Fox Observatory (3092 Bruce Rd 13, Wiarton ON)
Grey Roots Museum (102599 Grey Rd 18)
Most Recent Comets:
Comet 41P/Tutle-Giacobini-Kresak to April 20, 2017. This comet has been seen from the Fox Observatory (March 28) and is circumpolar and a bit brighter than predicted -around magnitude 5.5 or so.
Finder Charts for Planets, Dwarf planets and Asteroids
Note 1: If you want to create your own up-to-date charts, a good site with interactive charts is found here: In-The-Sky.org Click on the Interactive Charts tab at the top. The planet charts are near the bottom of the page that comes up.
Note 2: Planet Mercury moves so quickly, finder charts are not provided here.
Venus Finder Chart Venus is visible as a bright Evening Star until mid-spring 2017.
Mars Finder Chart to Feb 10, 2017. Mars remains visible as a 1st magnitude object in Pisces, Aries and Taurus all spring 2017 .
MARS MAP ALPO Mars Map for identifying surface features useful for the next opposition in summer 2018.
Ceres Chart to January 2018. The entire track of Ceres from Sky Safari Pro.
Vesta Wide Angle Locator Chart showing the surrounding constellations like Cancer, Gemini and Orion.
Vesta Chart (Jan 7, 2017 to May 26, 2017) evening sky near star Pollux in Gemini.
Vesta Chart (Jan 1, 2017 to Jun 15, 2017) evening sky near star Pollux in Gemini.
Photographing Asteroids A short guide to imaging bright asteroids like Vesta and Ceres (and sample image from 2014).
Jupiter Chart for most of 2017 Jupiter is near the star Spica in Virgo, chart is from Feb 1 to mid September 2017.
Saturn Chart for Jan 2017 to Nov 2017 in Ophiuchus (just above the Lagoon Nebula) near the MW. A prime target for summer viewing.
Uranus Finder Chart for Uranus for 2017
Neptune Finder Chart for Neptune for 2017
Pluto Finder Chart for dwarf planet Pluto in Sagittarius (near the Spoon) for 2017 .
Messier Marathon Items
Messier Marathon How-To and Object List with map -all you need for a successful marathon (assuming good weather)
(Note: print out multiple copies of pg 3 the tally sheet)
Messier Marathon Tally Sheet Messier Marathon check list with columns for various data.
Obsolete Charts left here for reference purposes:
Juno asteroid from Feb 20 to June 2, opposition (mag 8.1) reached on Jan 29
Vesta (June 2015 to to Jan 2016) morning sky near Uranus in summer; evening sky thereafter.
Pluto (May 16-Dec 2, 2015) Finder Chart for dwarf planet Pluto for May 16 to Dec 2, 2015 including path of New Horizons from Sky and Telescope
Uranus and Neptune (June 2015 to March 2016) Finder Chart for both planets for 06/2015 to 03/2016 from Sky and Telescope
Comet C/2014Q1 PanSTARRS Chart for May 25 to July 29, 2015. Lovejoy crosses UMa and moves into Draco. Now circumpolar and fading slowly (mag 9 as of June 30/15)
Comet C/2014Q2 Lovejoy Chart for May 25 to July 29, 2015. Lovejoy crosses UMa and moves into Draco. Now circumpolar and fading slowly (mag 9 as of June 30/15)
Comet 67/P Churymov-Gerasimenko Chart for late July 2015 to end of Oct, 2015 when 67/P is brightest
Comet Brewington (154P ) Chart for Comet Brewington from Jan 1 to Feb 9, 2014
Comet Nevski (C/2013 V3) Chart for Comet Nevski from Jan 1 to February 9, 2014
Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) Chart Post-Perihelion (Dec 3 to Dec 25, 2013) (sorry ISON, RIP...)
C. Encke 2P/Encke Chart to end of Nov 30, 2013, comet too near Sun afterwards.
C. Lovejoy C/2013 R1 Chart for Comet Lovejoy (includes LINEAR) from Feb 1 to Mar 9, 2014
C. LINEAR 2012 X1 Chart for Comet LINEAR (includes Lovejoy) from Feb 1 to Mar 9, 2014
Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) Chart for brightest period Mar 7 to April 21, 2013
Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6) Comet Lemmon (morning sky) Apr 21 to Jun 18, 2013
Comet PanSTARRS C/2012K1 Chart for Dec 12 to Feb 5, 2015. Comet PanSTARRA reappears in northern skies in mid December just above the southern horizon. If climbs higher in the sky through Sculptor in Jan and into Feb. and fades as it does so. As of Nov 23 it is magnitude 8.5 .
Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Chart from Dec 7 to Jan 4, 2015. Predicted to reach 6th magnitude or better in the first two weeks of January, 2015.
Comet C/2014Q2 Lovejoy Chart for late Feb 2015 to Apr 2, 2015, Lovejoy fading in Cassiopeia
Comet Jacques C/2014 E2 Chart from Aug 9 to late September, 2014. Comet magnitude 6 and slowly fading.
Comet Oukaimeden C/2013 V5 Chart for Aug 14 to Sep 18, 2014
Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 Chart for Apr 17 to Jun 26, 2014
This section provides official BAS club forms and BWDSB forms. Note: Astronomy Kids Camp Forms will be provided here for your convenience whenever the camp is offered. Check coming events for July/August.
Note that if you wish to volunteer at the BOEC (i.e. do group tours when students are present) you are REQUIRED to fill out the BWDSB forms (last four links) which includes the the OPP form before you are allowed to take part. The last form, i.e. Offence Declaration Form (AF7384) need not be filed the first time but only EACH subsequent year to confirm your continuing offence free status.
Any BAS members who help out at public viewing nights at other venues must fill out BAS Volunteer Registration/Information Form below and file it with the BAS executive. Also, to become familiar with our procedures during public events, please read our Outreach Protocols and other information in BAS Protocols/Information for Volunteers found below.
BAS Astrophoto Contest Technical Rules
BAS ASTROPHOTOCONTEST IS NOW OVER. SEE CURRENT HOME PAGE FOR WINNERS. Also May 2014 SGN has winning entries.
BAS Constitution and Bylaws currently in effect
BAS Brochure 2013
2013 BAS brochure for download
BAS Volunteer Registration/Information Form
File this form with the BAS executive to become a volunteer star guide at the BOEC
BAS Protocols/Information for Volunteers
Information and requirements for BAS public outreach volunteers including Laser Pointer Use
BAS Equipment Loan Form
Required to borrow BAS equipment like telescopes and eyepieces
ES Fox User Regulations and Procedures
Information for BAS members wishing to use the ES Fox Observatory for personal observing
ES Fox Reservation Form
Required to reserve the ES Fox for BAS members/guests on nights other than scheduled in BAS Events list
BWDSB Form AF7330
BWDSB Volunteer Information and Registration Form (required for volunteers at BOEC)
OPP Vulnerable Sector Check Form
OPP background check-new form replaces CAS form. Required by all volunteers at BOEC
BWDSB Form AF7381
BWDSB Disclosure Personal Information OPP (required for volunteers at BOEC)(
BWDSB Form AF7384
BWDSB Offence Declaration (renewal required yearly after initial forms submission