"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


2022 Bootleg Star Parties!!! 


The 2022 Bootleg Fall Star Party is in the history books.  We had a great time! 

Stay tuned for the 2023 dates and make plans to join us.

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The Bootleg Fall Star Party Registration Form is available HERE  (pre-registration deadline is Sept 10th) 12th)

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*** Due to the number of people doing imaging at the Bootleg Star Parties, Bootleg Management is indicating that Green Lasers will not be permitted starting one hour after sunset ***


For directions, go to www.google.com and enter "Green River Conservation", then click "maps" or "directions" and you will be able to enter your starting point for custom directions.



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2008 Prairie Skies Star Party Pictures 

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Texas Star Party 2009

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for October 2022   (from skymaps.com)
3 First Quarter Moon at 0:14 UT.
4 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 16:41 UT (distance 369,325km; angular size 32.4').
5 Moon near Saturn at 19h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.5.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Jupiter at 21h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.9.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
8 Mercury at greatest elongation west at 21h UT (18 from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −0.5.
9 Full Moon at 20:54 UT.
12 Moon near Uranus at 7h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from NW USA, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. Mag. 5.7.
Uranus (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Uranus (IOTA)
13 Moon near the Pleiades at 7h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Aldebaran at 0h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Mars at 4h UT (morning sky). Mag. −0.9.
Mars (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near M35 star cluster at 21h UT (110 from Sun, morning sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 404,328km; angular size 29.6').
17 Moon near Castor at 11h UT (morning sky).
17 Moon near Pollux at 17h UT (morning sky).
17 Last Quarter Moon at 17:15 UT.
18 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 21h UT (morning sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
20 Moon near Regulus at 18h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks at 10h UT. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (67 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism.
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
22 Venus at superior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT (not visible). Venus is passing into the evening sky.
25 New Moon at 10:47 UT. Start of lunation 1235.
25 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 11:00 UT (greatest). Visible from Europe, NE Africa, Middle East and west Asia. Begins 8:58 UT. Ends 13:02 UT.
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2022 October 25 (GIF) (NASA)
Solar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
28 Moon near Antares at 5h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
29 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14:27 UT (distance 368,291km; angular size 32.4').
30 Moon at southernmost declination (−27.5) at 1h UT.

>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)


Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)