Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, May 6th, 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, May 8th, 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 May 9th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.

There is a second club star party scheduled for Saturday May 16th 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_5.pdf 1.1 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

It was wonderful to begin the 2015 observing season with a very successful Messier Marathon last month at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The weather was (mostly) cooperative, save for some windy conditions on Saturday, the potluck dinner was fabulous, as always, and everyone was very happy that we chose to push the date back from March. I would also like to congratulate our own Bailey Nielsen, who has been hired as a telescope operator at the observatory for the season.

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 06 May at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will be making a final decision regarding our need for a new meeting location. If you wish to provide any input into this decision, please either comment on this topic on the BAS1 yahoo group prior to the meeting or join us at the board meeting. Based on the results of our online poll last month, the most likely choice will be to move our meeting nights to a different day of the week, rather than raise membership dues and keep meeting on Friday evenings. Prior to the board meeting, we will hold our next meeting of the 2015 ISP planning committee at 6:30 p.m.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 08 May, we will be holding a silent auction. We will meet at 7 p.m. in Classroom #2 at DCI. This will be our last official event at DCI. We would like to reduce our club's physical assets so that the need for storage of these items will be substantially reduced. As such, we are going to have several telescopes available as well as other assorted items such as books and videos from our lending library. We very much want to find good homes for everything, so come join us and bring along your checkbook!

We have scheduled the 2015 Idaho Star Party# for the weekend of 11 - 13 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. We have confirmed our guest speaker for this weekend, Dr. Leslie Young. She is an expert researcher on the dwarf planet Pluto, and will present a pair of talks regarding the New Horizons mission to this world. As you know, this is a great event and well worth the time and modest expense to attend. All of the campsites in Loop A of the Eagle Cove campground have been reserved. If you wish to reserve a campsite, you will need to go to the official Idaho Parks and Recreation website and reserve a site in Loop B or at the Broken Wheel campground nearby.

Besides ISP, we are planning a full 2015 summer schedule including the Bogus Basin star party on 11 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. Both of these weekend star parties are full, but you can contact Randy Holst to add your name to a waiting list. At each of these listed events, BAS organizes a potluck dinner on Saturday evening for our members, which is always a terrific event.

The observatory at Bruneau Dunes is now open for the season, and is in need of volunteers to assist with the public. If you have a free Friday or Saturday evening, and are interested in helping out, let a BAS board member know so we can get you in touch with the observatory staff and arrange for you to assist them.

We have dropped from our active membership in BAS those of you who have not renewed for 2015. If you desire to continue to be an active member, we will be more than happy to collect dues from you. They remain $25/family for the year. Make sure you keep receiving all of the benefits that come with being a member. These include opportunities to join us at the various camping weekend events we organize; access to closed BAS meetings (like the pizza party and holiday party) as well as any visits the club makes to a local planetarium (which we'll be doing in June).

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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