Boise Astronomical Society was founded and incorporated in 1982 as a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to bringing together people with an interest in astronomy. The society serves as a source of astronomy information for its members and the general public, and promotes viewing of celestial objects with special events for adults and children in southern Idaho. Since inception, education of members and the public has been the main thrust of the organization. We also promote awareness and preservation of the environment, and offer opportunities for amateurs to participate in astronomy research.
Individuals and families - whether beginners or veteran sky watchers - are invited to join the Boise Astronomical Society to share the wonders of the sky. The public is welcome to attend regular meetings.
Each meeting features a presentation by members or special guests on some aspect of astronomy. Recent topics have included telescope operation and construction, use of star charts, constellation, planetary nebulae, the moon, cosmology, astrophotography and CCD imaging. There's something for everyone at all levels.
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- A 501(c3) Non-Profit Educational & Scientific Organization.
- The SkyWatcher, a monthly newsletter that includes information on star parties meetings, club activities, news, interesting events in the sky and articles on astronomy.
- Monthly indoor meetings and Star Party (when weather permits from February to November).
- Astronomy special-interest classes and beginner viewing classes for using telescopes along with other items.
- Special speakers and programs on astronomy for the club.
- Discounts on magazines such as Sky & Telescope and Astronomy
- Club membership in Astronomical League (includes their newsletter Reflector).
- Observing awards from the Astronomical League and Boise Astronomical Society.
Contact a BAS Board members for any questions on benefits.
A BAS Star Party (starting at sunset and weather permitting) is held each month around the new moon at Dedication Point Dark Sky Site. For dates and directions check out our Calendar web page.
Throughout the year we hold school star parties and astronomy programs to get children interested in the wonders of the sky. These are coordinated through our Educational Liaison
Regular Public Star Parties are announced in our newsletter and in the newspaper. They include:
- The Idaho Star Party at Bruneau Dunes State Park.
- Star Parties with Bogus Basin Lifetime Sports Education Foundation.
And, of course, we are always prepared to arrange a star party around a spectacular astronomical event anytime during the year.
Other groups are welcome to schedule an astronomy program or a star party.
Contact a BAS Board members