"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


2019 Bootleg Star Party!!! 


The 2019 Bootleg Star Party dates are:

Bootleg Spring Star Party - May 30th - June 2nd!

Bootleg Fall Start Party - September 26th - 29th.

The Bootleg Spring Star Party Registration Form is available HERE.

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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 ***


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Upcoming Observing Highlights for February 2019   (from skymaps.com)
1 Moon near Venus (morning sky). Mag. −4.3. Spectacular!
Venus (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Saturn (28 from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
4 New Moon at 21:04 UT. Start of lunation 1189.
5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 406,555 km; angular size 29.4').
10 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. 1.0.
Mars (Wikipedia)
12 First Quarter Moon at 22:26 UT.
13 Mars 1.0 NNW of Uranus (65 from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. 1.0 and 5.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
Uranus (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near the Pleiades (96 from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. The Hyades nearby.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 4h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 6h UT.
18 Venus 1.1 N of Saturn (43 from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mags. −4.1 and 0.6.
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 8:51 UT (356,761 km; angular size 33.5').
19 Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 15h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
19 Full Moon at 15:54 UT. Perigee 7 hours earlier.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 6h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
26 Last Quarter Moon at 11:28 UT.
26 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 17h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Mercury at greatest elongation east (18 from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. −0.3.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. −2.0.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
30 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 15h 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)