Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, April 2nd, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm. Just before the board meeting will be a planning session for the Idaho Star Party, starting at 6:30pm.

The Membership meeting will be Friday April 11th, at the Discovery Center of Idaho in Classroom #1.

Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday, April 19th. 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, April 26th. Again please watch BAS1 for updates.
Watch the BAS1 group for last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.

Sky Watcher

The April club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2014_4.pd 2.4 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, 02 April at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will continue to discuss our plans for upcoming events in 2014. All BAS members are welcome to join us. Prior to this meeting, at 6:30 p.m., we will be holding a planning meeting for the 2014 Idaho Star Party. All interested parties are welcome to attend and get involved.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 11 April, we will be holding a silent auction of a variety of equipment the club has collected over the past few years. We will meet at 7 p.m. in Classroom #1 at DCI. Check out the article in the April newsletter describing the details of this event.

The 2014 Idaho Star Party will take place over the weekend of 19 - 21 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. Our guest speaker will be noted astrophotographer (and Idaho resident) Thomas Davis. Mr. Davis has published many high quality astrophotos in popular magazines like Astronomy. In addition to our speaker, ISP will also feature our "world famous" star-b-q, a youth program, fabulous door prizes, the ISP stargazer's challenge, and spectacular late-summer Idaho skies for viewing the heavens. As you know, this is a great event and well worth the time and modest expense to attend. If you wish to reserve and pay for a campsite at the Eagle Cove campground, contact our club treasurer Barbara Syriac to determine availability. If all sites have been reserved in Loop A, you will need to contact the state parks department to reserve a site in Loop B.

With milder weather approaching, we will be having more opportunities for stargazing activities. I encourage BAS members to participate with school star parties as announced by our educational liaison, Paul Verhage, and to begin to volunteer at the observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The observatory officially opens for the 2014 season over the first weekend of April. If you have a free Friday or Saturday evening, and are interested in helping out, please contact a member of the BAS board for additional information regarding these opportunities.

If you have not renewed your BAS membership for 2014, we have officially dropped you from the active rolls. We will be very receptive to our former members who remit their annual dues and return them to active status. The dues remain $25/family for the year. Make sure you keep receiving all of the benefits that come with being a member.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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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.