Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, June 3rd, the Twin Dragon Restaurant at 7:00pm. There will be an Idaho Star Party planning meeting at 6:30pm in the same location.
The Twin Dragon is at Fairview and 22nd St in Boise, and will be in their meeting room.

The membership meeting will be Friday, June 12th, at 7:00pm at the Whittenberger Planetarium on the campus of the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Maps can be found in the files section on BAS1.

Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday June 6th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.

There is a second club star party scheduled for Saturday June 13th at the Idaho City Dark Sky Site.

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_6.pdf 1.7 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 sees a new beginning for BAS, as we are no longer officially affiliated with the Discovery Center of Idaho. I would like to thank those of you who attended the silent auction last month, as it was very helpful in terms of dispersing the club's property to each of you. As a result, we have far fewer items in our possession going forward. All of the club's telescopes from the loaner program have now found new homes, so we must, as a consequence, discontinue that program. In addition, most of the items in our lending library (books and videotapes) were claimed at the auction so we will no longer be making those available on a regular basis.

This month, the BAS board will meet on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Twin Dragon Restaurant in Boise. It is located on Fairview Ave. and 22nd St., just off of the connector. All BAS members are welcome to join us. 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 Friday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Whittenberger Planetarium on the campus of the College of Idaho in Caldwell. This will be our last regular Friday meeting as a club (we will most likely be meeting on Wednesday evenings going forward). It is also a members-only meeting. BAS will pay the admission fee for each club member present at that meeting. The planetarium director, Amy Truksa, will be giving a presentation on the upcoming New Horizons mission and flyby of the Pluto system.

Also this month we have the Farewell Bend star party in Oregon over the weekend of 19 - 21 June. If you have signed up for this event, we look forward to your participation and hope you will join us for the potluck dinner Saturday evening. We'll be organizing that event to ensure that we bring a broad assortment of dishes to share with the group (and yes, I'm bringing the strawberries and pound cake). If you are interested in attending but are not signed up, let Randy Holst know and he will add your name to the waiting list. Should a campsite open up, he will contact those on the waiting list in order so that we can fill up our full allotment.

Later this summer, we have the Bogus Basin star party on July 11th, the Ponderosa Park star party in August, and the Idaho Star Party# over the weekend of 11 - 13 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The theme this year is "Exploration of Dwarf Planets" and our guest speaker is the deputy project scientist on the New Horizons mission to Pluto. We are currently seeking submissions for t-shirt designs for ISP. If interested, please check out the message in the newsletter from Barb Syriac regarding t-shirt designs. 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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