Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, January 7th, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm.

The membership meeting will be Friday, January 9th, at 7:00pm in the front room of the Discovery Center of Idaho.

Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday January 10th. 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, January 10th.
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_1.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

I first want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the BAS board for their service to our society in 2014. I especially would like to thank Garry Swatzel for his service as club secretary over the past few years and welcome David Olsen as our new club secretary.

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 07 January at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will appoint the remaining members to the 2015 BAS board as well as continue to discuss our plans for the year. If you are interested in serving on the BAS board this year please let a current board member know. All BAS members are welcome to join us.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 09 January, we will be holding our annual "So I got a new telescope for Christmas, now what?" event for the general public. We will meet at 7 p.m. in the front group room at DCI (note room change). I want to encourage as many of our members as are available to come to this meeting and help out potential future amateur astronomers learn how to set up and use their equipment. You will be paired with someone who possesses a type of telescope that you are experienced with in terms of setting it up and locating objects in the sky, all within the warm confines of the Discovery Center. We will also discuss the many activities that BAS is scheduling for the coming year, as summarized below.

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 inviting 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 will begin providing the opportunity to reserve campsites in Loop A of the Eagle Cove campground to BAS members at the February BAS board meeting.

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 in June and Ponderosa State Park in August; and many other school and club star parties throughout the year.

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 next month will be dropped from our membership list.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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