Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, February 4th, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm. There will be an Idaho Star Party planning meeting at 6:30pm in the same location.

The membership meeting will be Friday, February 13th, at 7:00pm in Clasroom#2 at the Discovery Center of Idaho.

Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday February 7th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.
There will be a second club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday, February 14th.
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_2.pdf 1.4 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

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 04 February at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will continue to discuss our plans for the year. Prior to this meeting, we will hold the first meeting of the 2015 ISP planning committee at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in serving on the BAS board this year please let a current board member know. We are looking for someone in our group with website hosting experience (basically html coding) to step in for our current webmaster, who is looking to step down from this position. All BAS members are welcome to join us.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 13 February, we will be hearing a presentation from Jim Tubbs of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society on the topic of Wolf-Rayet stars (among the most luminous stars in the universe). We will meet at 7 p.m. in Classroom #2 at DCI. At this meeting, we will begin to take reservations for free campsites for the two state park camping weekends discussed below. Randy has posted information regarding these events to the BAS1 Yahoo! group. If you are interested in joining us for either or both of these weekends, you should come to this meeting so you can get your campsite.

We have already scheduled the 2015 Idaho Star Party# for the weekend of 11 - 13 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. We are still in the process of confirming a guest speaker for this weekend. As you know, this is a great event and well worth the time and modest expense to attend. We are starting to provide the opportunity to reserve campsites in Loop A of the Eagle Cove campground to BAS members this month. Bring your checkbook or cash to the membership meeting if you are ready to reserve your site for ISP.

Besides ISP, we are also planning a full 2015 event schedule including the Messier Marathon over the weekend of 17 - 19 April; a pair of total lunar eclipses in April and September; the Bogus Basin star party in July along with star parties at Farewell Bend State Park in Oregon over the weekend of 19 - 21 June and Ponderosa State Park over the weekend of 07 - 09 August; and many other school and club star parties throughout the year. At each of these listed events, BAS organizes a potluck dinner on Saturday evening for our members, which is always a terrific event.

We continue to accept membership dues for 2015. The dues remain $25/family for the year. Make sure you keep receiving all of the benefits that come with being a member. Those 2014 members who don't renew by the end of this month will be dropped from our membership list.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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