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.
*** The Outdoor Education Centre and the ES Fox observatory are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic; all public observing events are canceled. Access is currently allowed for members only and only with prior authorization from a Bluewater Education Foundation (BEF) member. Members will be updated with further access guidelines as they become available. ***
*** The BAS meeting on July 8 has been canceled. ***
A summary of recent updates is as follows:
- Update with cancellation of July 8 BAS meeting
- June 9: Update regarding access requirements. Assume all in-person BAS events in the near future are cancelled unless otherwise indicated on this page.
- May 30: One of our members, Frank Williams, recently completed a more-than-a-year long task to capture all 110 Messier objects. From these images he created a composite image; check it out here on our image gallery page. There is a 10 MB version linked for download should you wish to save it.
- April 26: The May/June 2020 edition of StarGazer News and a June 2020 special edition about the club's first telescope donated by the University of Guelph are now available. Find them here.
- April 18: A new composite image of the comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) created by Frank Williams can be found here.
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