Bluewater Astronomical Society

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.

Picture of the week
Caldwell 18/NGC 185 - F. Williams
Orionid meteor shower - peaks Oct. 21/2022

The Orionid meteor shower which takes its name from the constellation Orion (near which its radiant appears) is upon us once again. The debris source is Halley's Comet which orbits the sun approximately every 76 years. Read more about it here. The weather is predicted to be clear, and BAS members will be at the observatory on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are interested in joining us you are more than welcome. Shoot us an email via the Contact Us page and let us know you'll be coming. Don't forget to bring warm clothing and a chair. Also remember that alcohol/drugs/smoking are not permitted. Picture courtesy of

Kincardine downtown revitalization - have your say!

Kincardine is planning a big revitalization project for Queen Street between Durham Market Street South and Durham Street. This project includes

The town is currently accepting feedback on the project. Given the potential impact this project could have on our dark skies, we urge anyone who lives or cottages in the area or travels to the area to enjoy our dark skies to take this opportunity to HAVE YOUR SAY. Attached here is a letter template you can use to express your support for maintaining our dark skies. Feel free to edit as you want to. Email contacts can be found at the bottom the project home page (there are three).

The fight for dark skies

On September 27, two of our members did a presentation for the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists in Ripley on the importance of maintaining our dark skies. This presentation was very well received, and we have some new allies in our fight to maintain our skies dark and pristine. Read more about the presentation and learn about what you can do to preserve dark skies here.

Some recent updates

This website was last updated on .