The Bluewater Astronomical Society (BAS) is an incorporated non-profit organization that strives to promote basic and advanced astronomical knowledge among its members, and promote astronomy interest in the general public.
We have members who range from beginners with small telescopes or binoculars to experts with state-of-the-art equipment. The club itself owns a large 28-inch Webster Dobsonian reflector which we use regularly at the largest publicly-accessible roll-off observatory in Ontario, the ES Fox observatory at the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre (BOEC) near Oliphant, Ontario. The BOEC was granted dark sky preserve status in November of 2012 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Access to the ES Fox observatory and the Outdoor Education Centre is currently prohibited.
Picture of the week - May 9/2021
A summary of recent updates is as follows:
May 9: Many new images by Frank Williams and Irwin Seidman
May 7: Sky sights updated for May and June
April 8: The 2021 April Fools edition of the newsletter is available for download.
March 31: Site updated with planet charts for 2021 and a 2021 meteor shower calendar (see the useful links page). NEAF 2021 is coming up April 10th and is online and free (see the blog page).
March 24: New Frank Williams and Irwin Seidman images have been uploaded to the image gallery. Optimizations also made to the image gallery so it will load much faster. New image contributions from members are always welcome!
March 20: A nova has been discovered near Cassiopeia. See the blog page for more details.
March 17: March is the ideal month for doing a Messier marathon. See the blog page for some general instructions and a list with in order in which to spot the Messier objects, their difficulty and required optical aids.
March 14: Two new additions to the members' blog regarding current sky sights. If anyone would like to contribute an entry, email the webmaster.