Public viewing events

Our public viewing nights are an opportunity for people to bring out their telescopes, binoculars, cameras and other gear and take advantage of the dark skies at the Outdoor Education Centre (a Dark Sky Preserve). Some people come for the social time; some come to learn how to operate new equipment; some come to take pictures. It really is entirely up to you how you wish to enjoy the evening.

These events are open to the public and are free to attend. No passes are required, and we have ample parking available. If you have a question you'd like answered, a telescope you need help learning to operate or just wish to come enjoy the night sky, please do come out and join us. We do not charge for these events, but if you come and enjoy yourself we would certainly be grateful for any donation you feel is appropriate. Donations go towards things like paying for insurance, building and equipment maintenance, and funding equipment upgrades to enhance our outreach capabilities.

There is no specific start time although it is recommended to show up just before sunset to get yourself situated safely. The night ends when either the skies get too obscured or people get tired.


Notes about observing

Observing events at the observatory are open to the public on our public viewing nights only. That said, if you're interested in coming to the observatory on a different night, send us an email using the Contact us page and we will see if we can accommodate you.

All observing events require clear skies. If an event is cancelled due to weather, we will do our best to indicate this on the home page in a timely manner. If you are thinking of coming out to an event, we suggest you email us the day before or the day of to confirm the event is still a go.

It can be very cold and windy at the observatory during the winter months. Although we have a warm room, make sure you dress for the weather. During the warmer months, bug spray is highly recommended. You may wish to bring a lawn chair so you can sit down outdoors. There are no accommodations at the observatory; if you are looking to spend the night in the area, you must arrange that yourself. Washrooms are available on site.

Alcohol, drugs and smoking are prohibited at the observatory at all times.


Maps to the E.S. Fox observatory

The ES Fox observatory is located on the property of the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre at 3092 Bruce Road 13 near Oliphant, ON. When visiting us, please park in the main lot by the Learning Centre and walk down to the observatory.


Monthly meeting information

BAS regular meetings typically occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. except for January and February. These meetings are open to everyone at no charge. If you are interested in joining our monthly meeting, email us using the
Contact us page.

Meeting location addresses

We are always interested in hearing feedback from people on what topics they are interested in and specific aspects of the hobby they enjoy. Please share those with us or let us know of a speaker you’d like us to invite so we can make our meetings more enjoyable for all. It gives everyone a chance to learn something new and network with others who share similar interests.


2024 Selected astronomical and BAS club events