"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 July 2021   (from skymaps.com)
1 Last Quarter Moon at 21:11 UT.
3 Venus 0.35 NNE of Beehive cluster M44 (26 from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. −3.9.
4 Mercury at greatest elongation west (22 from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. 0.5.
5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 15h UT (distance 405,341 km; angular size 29.5').
5 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 22h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.016729 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
6 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 4h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
6 Moon near Aldebaran at 22h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
10 New Moon at 1:17 UT. Start of lunation 1219.
10 Moon near Castor at 8h UT (evening sky).
10 Moon near Pollux at 13h UT (evening sky).
11 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (18 from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. The Beehive is a lovely sight in binoculars.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
12 Moon, Venus and Mars within a circle of diameter 3.6 (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.8.
12 Moon near Mars (29 from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 1.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Regulus at 9h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
13 Venus 0.47 NNE of Mars (28 from Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.8.
13 Mercury 2.2 S of star cluster M35 (19 from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. −0.5.
17 Moon near Spica at 10h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
17 First Quarter Moon at 10:10 UT.
20 Moon near Antares at 15h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10:24 UT (distance 364,521 km; angular size 32.8').
22 Venus 1.1 NNE of Regulus (31 from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.4.
24 Full Moon at 2:36 UT.
24 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 19h UT. Mag. 0.2.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. −2.8.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
30 Mars 0.63 NNE of Regulus (23 from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Mags. 1.8 and 1.4.
31 Last Quarter Moon at 13:17 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)