Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, July 1st, Louie's Pizza and Italian Restaurant at 7:00pm. There will be an Idaho Star Party planning meeting at 6:30pm in the same location.
Louie's Pizza is on Fairview Ave., a half mile west of Eagle Road, and will be in a private room.

The membership meeting will be Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm at the Boise Public Library, located on 9th street. The meeting will be held in the Marion Bingham Room on the 3rd floor of the library.

Star Parties

The Bogus Basin Public Star Party will be held on the 11th of July, starting at 7 p.m. with solar viewing. Cost is the donation of canned goods for the Idaho Food Bank.

There is a second club star party scheduled for Saturday July 18th at Reynolds Creek.

Watch the BAS1 group for last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.

Sky Watcher

The club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2015_07.pdf 1.3 Mb

Observing Program

BAS is sponsoring an observing program, the Deep Sky 101. For more information, or to get started check out the program page here.

President's Letter

This month, the BAS board will meet on Wednesday, July 1st, at 7:00 p.m. at Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Meridian. It is located on Fairview Ave. ½ mile west of Eagle Road. All BAS members are welcome to join us for dinner (order off menu). We will be in a private room at the restaurant. There will be a meeting of the ISP planning committee starting at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

Our membership meeting will be on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Boise Public Library on 9th Street, just off of River St. (note change of date and location!). We will be meeting in the Marion Bingham Room located on the third (3rd) floor of the library. This will be our annual pizza and ice-cream social, and is a members-only meeting. We will also be voting on the BAS Volunteer-of-the-year award at this meeting.

Also this month we have the Bogus Basin star party on July 11th. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a members-only potluck dinner, then the public will begin to arrive around 7 p.m. for a few hours of solar viewing (using the new BAS solar telescope!). As it gets dark, we will begin viewing Venus and Jupiter setting in the western sky, as well as Saturn rising in the east. Once darkness falls, I will perform a tour of the summer constellations and we can start viewing the wonderful deep sky objects visible at this time of year. We anticipate a very large crowd and ask that as many of our members as are available come join us with their telescopes so that we can provide regular access to our guests. The event is cosponsored by the Bogus Basin Foundation, Idaho Camera and Idaho Mountain Touring. We expect that Idaho Camera will once again give away a free telescope to one of the attendees. The only cost for the event is we ask for a donation of canned goods for the Idaho Food Bank.

We will hold the Ponderosa Park star party from 7 – 9 August and the Idaho Star Party™ over the weekend of 11 – 13 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The theme for ISP this year is “Exploration of Dwarf Planets” and our guest speaker is the deputy project scientist on the New Horizons mission to Pluto. If you have not reserved a campsite for ISP, you will need to contact the Idaho Parks department and reserve an open site in Loop B of the Eagle Cove campground. Also we are taking early registration forms at this time. After August 1st, the rates for registration as well as the star-b-q will go up. In addition, you will not be able to order hats or t-shirts after that date.

Lastly, please consider helping out this summer at the observatory at Bruneau Dunes. They are open every Friday and Saturday evening through the summer and are always seeking volunteers to operate telescopes. If you are interested, let a BAS board member know and we can put you in touch with members of the observatory staff to arrange your visit.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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