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May

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held at Louie's Pizza and Italian Restaurant (2500 E. Fairciew Ave., Meridian, ID, at 7:00 PM The ISP planning committee will be meeting at the same location at 6:30PM.

The membership meeting will be Monday, May 9th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting at the Boise Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham room ont he third floor.



Star Parties



The first star party for the month will be at Dedication Point, on Saturday, May 7th. For directions go to the Maps and Photos link on the BAS1 yahoo group.
The second star party will be at the Idaho City/ Granite Creek on Saturday, May 28th. For direction look at the Maps and Photos link.
Watch the BAS1 group for all last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.

In addition to out public star parties we will also be holding a star party for the transit of Mercury on May 9th. This will be held on the East side of the CWI campus (Main CAmpus Bldg. 5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID) for sunrise to 1:00PM.

*Friendly reminder* Only use the proper equipment to view the sun.



Sky Watcher

The club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2016.5.pdf 1.5 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 Monday, May 2, at 7:00 pm at Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, ID, to continue planning for the year. The board meeting will be preceded by the ISP Planning Committee meeting at 6:30 pm. All BAS members are welcome to join us (buy your own dinner). Our next BAS membership meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, at 7:00 pm, at the Boise Main Library, 715 So. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham room on the third floor. This month’s guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Jackson, Asst. Professor of Physics at BSU with a presentation on the Boise State University Observatory, followed by an optional field trip to the facility on the BSU campus.

Our next BAS star party is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, at Dedication Point. New members are welcome to bring their telescopes for some assistance by our more experienced members. Be sure to arrive before sunset as it’s much easier to help you set up your scope when we can see what we’re doing. We will be holding the Transit of Mercury (solar) observing session on Monday, May 9, from sunrise to 1:00 pm, on the East side of the College of Western Idaho, Main Campus Bldg. 5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID. (Yes, this is the same day as the BAS membership meeting.) Later this month, on May 28, we’ll be holding the club star party at the Idaho City / Granite Creek dark sky site

The Bruneau Dunes Observatory is open to the public and we need to continue building our volunteer hours, helping out both them and us. This year, there is a catch; the IDPR is now requiring background checks on all volunteers making face to face contact with park guests. They’ve been requiring this of all employees and camp hosts for years and now they’ve finally gotten around to us. All we have to do is fill out some paperwork and send it to IDPR to get the ball rolling. You can find the instructions and printable pdf forms here: background check It doesn’t take very long to complete and it helps assure the park that we’re sending them the right volunteers. If you have any intention of volunteering at the observatory, please take the time to get your background check done and out of the way. You only have to do it once. I’ve already done mine and it was painless.

The BAS campsites for the Farewell Bend Star Party, June 3-4 and the Ponderosa Star Party, August 5-6, are still full. If you have been assigned a campsite for either of these events and find you cannot attend, please notify me ASAP. I’ll be filling any cancellations from the waiting lists.

With the 2016 Idaho Star Party coming up Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, at Bruneau Dunes State Park, we are finalizing negotiations with a guest speaker for this event. Once that’s done, we’ll make an announcement as to the speaker’s name and subject matter. We still have a few BAS campsites available in Loop “A” at the Eagle Cove campground so make your reservation with BAS Treasurer Becky Neilsen before they’re all gone. We also have an annual ISP T-shirt design competition which is open to BAS members. If your design is chosen by the BAS board, you win a free ISP T-shirt. The new and improved ISP registration form is now accessible at:

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.