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 member. Members will be updated with further access guidelines as they become available.
A summary of recent updates is as follows:
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