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June

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held at Sakana Japanese Sushi & Steak House, 7107 W. State St. Garden City, ID at 7:00 PM on June 1st. The ISP planning committee will be meeting at the same location at 6:30PM.

The membership meeting will be Friday, June 17th at 7:00pm. This meeting will be at the Whittenberger Plaenatium on the College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. For directions a map is available at this link: Planetarium



Star Parties



The first event for BAS this month is the Farewell Bend Star Party the weekend of June 3rd and 4th.
The second star party will be at the Dedictation Point on June 25th. 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.



Sky Watcher

The club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2016.6.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 Wednesday, June 1st, at 7:00 pm at Sakana Japanese Sushi & Steak House, 7107 W. State St. Garden City, 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 Friday, June 17, 7:00 pm, at the Whittenberger Planetarium on the College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. A short meeting will be followed by a private planetarium program. This is a members only event but new members may join at the meeting and attend the planetarium program. Maps on how to get there can be found here: College of Idaho Planetarium

Our next BAS event will be the Farewell Bend Star Party, June 3 & 4, at Farewell Bend State Park. All allotted campsites are filled as of this writing. Members not attending this event are welcome to hold their own impromptu star party at Dedication Point but I suggest that they don’t go alone. The next BAS star party will be held on June 25 at Dedication Point.

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 Ponderosa Star Party, August 5-6, are still full. If you have been assigned a campsite for this event and find you cannot attend, please notify me ASAP. I’ll be filling any cancellations from the waiting list.

The 2016 Idaho Star Party is coming up Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, at Bruneau Dunes State Park. This year’s guest speaker will be Dan McGlaun, veteran of 12 solar eclipses. You can find his web page here: Eclipse 2017 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: Registration Don’t forget to register early for 50% off the registration fee

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.