"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.

Map and Directions here...

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Bootleg 2016 Pictures and videos

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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 October 2016   (from skymaps.com)
1 New Moon at 0:11 UT. Start of lunation 1160.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Venus (31 from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -3.9.
4 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 406,096 km; angular size 29.4').
6 Moon near Saturn at 9h UT. Mag. +0.5.
8 Moon near Mars at 12h UT. Mag. +0.1.
9 First Quarter Moon at 4:33 UT.
16 Full Moon at 4:23 UT. Perigee in 19.4 hours.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 0h UT (357,861 km; angular size 33.4').
18 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 15h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
19 Moon very near Aldebaran (136 from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Occultation visible from USA, Mexico, Central America, SE Canada.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (66 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Observe after midnight on night of 21/22. Moonlight interferes.
Orionids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar PDF (IMO)
22 Last Quarter Moon at 19:14 UT.
23 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 10h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
25 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 4h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
26 Venus 3.1 N of Antares (36 from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.0.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 16h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
28 Moon near Jupiter (25 from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. -1.7.
29 Venus 3.0 S of Saturn (37 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +0.5.
30 New Moon at 17:38 UT. Start of lunation 1161.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
31 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 406,662 km; angular size 29.4').
>>> 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)