Boise
 Astronomical
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July

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, July 9th, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm. Just before the board meeting will be a planning session for the Idaho Star Party, starting at 6:30pm.

The Membership meeting will be Friday July 11th at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7pm in Classroom #1.



Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday, July 19th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.
There will be a second club star party on Saturday June 26th at the Idaho City site. Please watch BAS1 for updates.
Watch the BAS1 group for last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.



Sky Watcher

The July club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2014_7.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

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 09 July at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. All BAS members are welcome to join us (note change of date). Prior to this meeting, at 6:30 p.m., we will be holding the next planning meeting for the 2014 Idaho Star Party#. All interested parties are welcome to attend and get involved.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 11 July, we will be having our annual pizza and ice cream social. This is a members'-only event, as it is your annual dues that help pay the costs associated with the party. You should plan to arrive around 6:30 and we anticipate serving the pizza at 6:45 p.m. in Classroom #1 at the Discovery Center. At this meeting we will be awarding the 2014 Mary Schneider Memorial Volunteer of the Year. If you have someone to nominate for this honor, be ready to announce it during the festivities. Consideration is based on volunteer efforts made on behalf of BAS since July 2013.

The 2014 Idaho Star Party# will take place over the weekend of 19 - 21 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. Our guest speaker will be noted astrophotographer (and Idaho resident) Thomas Davis. Mr. Davis has published many high quality astrophotos in popular magazines like Astronomy. In addition to our speaker, ISP will also feature our "world famous" star-b-q, a youth program, fabulous door prizes, the ISP stargazer's challenge, and spectacular late-summer Idaho skies for viewing the heavens. As you know, this is a great event and well worth the time and modest expense to attend. We are currently accepting registration for ISP. Early registration will continue until next month's membership meeting on August 8. Forms are available on the isp.boiseastro.org website. If you wish to reserve and pay for a campsite at the Eagle Cove campground, contact our club treasurer Barbara Syriac to determine availability. If all sites have been reserved in Loop A, you will need to contact the state parks department to reserve a site in Loop B.

With milder weather now here, we will be having more opportunities for stargazing activities. I encourage BAS members to participate at school and community star parties and to volunteer at the observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The observatory officially opened for the 2014 season in April. If you have a free Friday or Saturday evening, and are interested in helping out, please contact a member of the BAS board for additional information regarding these opportunities.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
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.