"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


2021 Bootleg Star Parties!!! 


2021 Bootleg Spring Star Party - June 10th-13th!


2021 Bootleg Fall Star Party - September 9th-12th!


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The Bootleg Fall Star Party Registration Form is available HERE  (pre-registration deadline is August 28th) 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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Upcoming Observing Highlights for August 2021   (from skymaps.com)
2 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 6h UT. The ringed planet is at its closest and brightest at mag. +0.2. Saturn's rings are spectacular even in a small telescope.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 8h UT (distance 404,410 km; angular size 29.5').
2 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 11h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Aldebaran at 5h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
6 Moon near Castor at 15h UT (morning sky).
6 Moon near Pollux at 20h UT (morning sky).
8 New Moon at 13:50 UT. Start of lunation 1220.
9 Moon near Regulus at 16h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 4h UT. Mag. 1.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
11 Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 11h UT. Mag. −4.0.
Venus (Wikipedia)
12 Perseid meteor shower peaks at 12h UT. Peak lasts about 12 hours. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50-100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Best viewed after midnight.
Perseids (Wikipedia)
2021 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
13 Moon near Spica at 15h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
15 First Quarter Moon at 15:20 UT.
16 Moon near Antares at 22h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 9:20 UT (distance 369,124 km; angular size 32.4').
19 Mercury 0.08 S of Mars (16 from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mags. −0.5 and 1.8.
20 Jupiter at opposition at 0h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. −2.9.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
21 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. 0.3.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 8h UT. Mag. −2.9.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
22 Full Moon at 12:01 UT.
29 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 19h UT.
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 404,100 km; angular size 29.6').
30 Last Quarter Moon at 7:14 UT.
30 Moon near Aldebaran at 13h UT (morning sky).
>>> 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)