"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


The 2016 Fall Bootleg Star Party is in the history books!  Thank you to everyone who attended our events this year!    


Next year's Bootleg Star Parties will be held on 

May 18th-21st  and.....

 September 21st-24th 


CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2016 Fall Bootleg Star Party Registration Form

Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, September 20th. 

All forms must be postmarked no later than September 20th to qualify for early registration.

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Bootleg 2012 Pictures

Bootleg 2011 Pictures

Bootleg 2010 Pictures

Bootleg 2008 Pictures

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2008 Prairie Skies Star Party Pictures 

CAS Astrofest @ Camp Shaw

CAS Astrofest @ Vana's

Texas Star Party 2009

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for January 2017   (from skymaps.com)
1 Mars 0.02° South of Neptune (59° from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT. Mags. 0.9 and 7.9.
2 Moon near Venus (47° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Mag. -4.4.
• Crescent Moon and Venus (APOD)
3 Moon near Mars (58° from Sun) at 7h UT. Mag. 0.9.
3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 14h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boφtes.
• Quadrantids (Wikipedia)
• The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
4 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 14h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 0.983309 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
• Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
5 First Quarter Moon at 19:47 UT.
8 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 22h UT.
• The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
9 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 12h UT. Occultation visible from Asia.
• Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5:56 UT (363,238 km; angular size 32.9').
12 Full Moon at 11:34 UT.
12 Venus at greatest elongation east (47.2° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -4.4.
13 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 13h UT.
• Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
• M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
15 Moon very near Regulus (morning sky) at 3h UT. Occultation visible from southern South America.
• Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
19 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. -2.1.
19 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 10h UT.
19 Mercury at greatest elongation west (24° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. -0.1.
19 Last Quarter Moon at 22:13 UT.
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 404,914 km; angular size 29.5').
24 Moon near Saturn (54° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. 0.5.
26 Moon near Mercury (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. -0.2.
28 New Moon at 0:07 UT. Start of lunation 1164.
• Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
31 Moon near Venus (45° from Sun, evening sky) at 17h UT. Mag. -4.6.
31 Moon, Venus and Mars within a 5.5° circle (evening sky) at 22h 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)