"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


The 2018 Bootleg Star Party dates are:

Bootleg Spring Star Party: June 7-10

Bootleg Fall Start Party: September 6-9    

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(The 2017 Bootleg Fall Star Party was held on September 21-24)


CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2018 Bootleg Spring Star Party Registration Form

Pre-registration deadline is Saturday, May 26th!!!  So hurry and get your forms in the mail! 

All forms must be postmarked no later than May 26th to qualify for early registration.

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for October 2017   (from skymaps.com)
3 Moon near Neptune (152 from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 7.8. Occultation visible from Tasmania and New Zealand.
Occultation of Neptune (IOTA)
5 Venus 0.2 NNE of Mars (23 from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.8.
5 Full Moon at 18:41 UT.
8 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
9 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 2h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
9 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5:53 UT (366,855 km; angular size 32.6').
9 Moon near Aldebaran (126 from Sun, morning sky) at 18h UT. Occultation visible from Asia.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
12 Last Quarter Moon at 12:26 UT.
13 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 20h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
15 Moon near Regulus (52 from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Occultation visible from USA and Mexico.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
17 Moon near Mars (28 from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. 1.8.
18 Moon near Venus (20 from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −3.9.
19 Uranus at opposition at 17h UT. Mag. 5.7.
19 New Moon at 19:12 UT. Start of lunation 1173.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (66 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Observe after midnight on night of 21/22.
Orionids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
23 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 8h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
24 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 0.5.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
25 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 405,154 km; angular size 29.5').
26 Jupiter at conjunction with the Sun at 18h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
27 First Quarter Moon at 22:22 UT.
30 Moon near Neptune (124 from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. 7.8. Occultation visible from southern Africa.
Occultation of Neptune (IOTA)
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)


Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)