Selected astronomical and BAS club events for 2020

Date Location Purpose Topic
June 3 ES Fox Regular meeting Mars (Brett)
June 20 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Observing night
July 8 ES Fox Regular meeting TBA
July 10-12 BPNP Camping and observing weekend (LQ moon)
July 18 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Jupiter/Saturn at opposition
Aug. 5 ES Fox Regular meeting TBA
Aug. 12-13 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Perseid meteors - 1 am August 13
Aug. 20 River Place Camp Starfest weekend Talks/observing
Sep. 2 ES Fox Regular meeting Starfest weekend/members' and equipment night
Sep. 19 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Planet marathon (all eight plus Pluto)
Sept. 26 Coffin Ridge winery Viewing night TBA
Oct. 7 Bailey Hall Regular meeting TBA
Oct. 17 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Mars at opposition (mag. -2.6)
Nov. 4 Bailey Hall Regular meeting TBA
Nov. 14 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Observing night
Dec. 2 Bailey Hall Regular meeting Christmas social
Dec. 12 ES Fox Dark of moon viewing Observing night - Geminids peak December 14

A complete list of astronomy events for 2020 is available here. Note that this list is amended periodically to add or correct events.


Notes about observing

Observing mostly happens at the ES Fox observatory, but there will be other venues periodically. All observing events require clear skies and are therefore weather dependent. If it is overcast or raining, observing will not be possible; if you arrive at the venue under those conditions, there may not be any BAS members there. If events have been cancelled this will be indicated on the home page.

Observing events at the observatory are open to the public on public viewing nights only. We are not open during weekdays or evenings during the school year.

At most observing locations there are no permanent on-site washroom facilities. A portable washroom is located near the Fox observatory for the summer months only and the washrooms are available at the Learning Centre (key required) at other times.

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


BAS meetings

BAS regular meetings typically occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. except for January and February (due to possible inclement weather). These meetings are open to the public at no charge. Meetings occur at either the ES Fox observatory or in Bailey Hall (room 315) at Owen Sound District Secondary School (OSDSS). Click here to find maps to these locations.