Boise
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February

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, February 3rd, at Twin Dragon at 7:00pm. The Idaho Star Party Planning Committee will be held at the same location starting at 6:30pm. Twin Dragon is located at 2200 W Fairview Ave in Boise.

The membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, at the Boise Public Library 3rd floor in the Marion Bingham Room, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., at 7:00pm.



Star Parties



The first star party will be at Dedication Point, on Saturday, Februray 6th. For directions go to the Maps and Photos link on the BAS1 yahoo group.
The second star party will also be at the Dedication Point location, on Saturday, February 27th.
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. SkyWatcher2016.2.pdf .8 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, February 3rd, at 7:00 pm at the Twin Dragon restaurant, 2200 W Fairview Ave in Boise, to work on plans for the year. (Dinner at personal expense) This meeting will be preceded by the 2016 Idaho Star Party Planning Committee meeting at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in serving on the BAS board this year, please advise a current board member.

Our next BAS membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm, at the Boise Main Library, 3rd floor in the Marion Bingham Room, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in Boise. Our guest speaker will be the BAS Historian, Alton Luken, with a presentation on the Pine Mountain Observatory in Oregon. Al is the Head of Operations at the observatory and is responsible for restoring the 15Ē Fecker Cassegrain reflecting telescope.

We will start taking Idaho Star Party 2016 campsite reservations for BAS members at the February 10th meeting. ISP weekend will be Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2016, at Bruneau Dunes State Park. If you want to reserve your favorite campsite in Loop A, bring your checkbook, your Idaho Park Passport Number and expiration and your RV sticker number and expiration. (Take a picture of them with your phone if possible.) Note: Park Passport and RV sticker must be current for the date of the event. Get them renewed now, if you havenít already. IDPR has upgraded the reservation system and is checking this info.

Our first big event of the year will be the BAS Messier Marathon camping weekend, April 8-9, 2016, at Bruneau Dunes State Park, Eagle Cove Campground, Loop A (Campsites 50-74). This is not a formal event and you can make your campsite reservations through the Idaho Parks and Recreation website:https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/bruneau-dunes Itís not really possible to do a full Messier Marathon at our latitude but we use this event as a season opener to get out under the stars and enjoy each otherís company. Everyone is welcome to participate.

We are still accepting membership dues for 2016, which remains at $25/family for the year. You can download a membership application here: http://boiseastro.org/join.html Those 2015 members who donít renew will be dropped from our membership list.

Randy Holst
President BAS


SOHO EIT 304 Latest Image (click image for larger view)


Courtesy of SOHO/EIT consortium. SOHO is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.
The SOHO project home page can be found here.