Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, March 4th, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm. There will be an Idaho Star Party planning meeting at 6:30pm in the same location.

The membership meeting will be Friday, March 13th, at 7:00pm in Clasroom#2 at the Discovery Center of Idaho.

Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday March 14th. 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, March 21st.
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_3.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

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 04 March at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will continue to discuss our plans for the year. Prior to this meeting, we will hold our next meeting of the 2015 ISP planning committee at 6:30 p.m. All BAS members are welcome to join us.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 13 February, we will be hearing a presentation from Dr. Brian Jackson, the new astronomy professor at Boise State University. He will be talking about the discovery by the Kepler space mission of very short orbital period planets around other stars. We will meet at 7 p.m. in Classroom #2 at DCI.

We have already scheduled the 2015 Idaho Star Party# for the weekend of 11 - 13 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. We have confirmed our guest speaker for this weekend, Dr. Leslie Young. She is an expert researcher on the dwarf planet Pluto, and will present a pair of talks regarding the New Horizons mission to this world. As you know, this is a great event and well worth the time and modest expense to attend. We have started providing the opportunity to reserve campsites in Loop A of the Eagle Cove campground to BAS members. Bring your checkbook or cash to the membership meeting if you are ready to reserve your site for ISP. Our club treasurer, Barb, would also appreciate it if you have your vehicle's Idaho parks passport number and/or RV tag information when you make your reservation.

Besides ISP, we are also planning a full 2015 event schedule including the Messier Marathon over the weekend of 17 - 19 April at Bruneau Dunes; a pair of total lunar eclipses in April and September; the Bogus Basin star party on 11 July along with star parties at Farewell Bend State Park in Oregon over the weekend of 19 - 21 June and Ponderosa State Park over the weekend of 07 - 09 August; and many other school and club star parties throughout the year. At each of these listed events, BAS organizes a potluck dinner on Saturday evening for our members, which is always a terrific event.

We have dropped from our active membership in BAS those of you who have not renewed for 2015. If you desire to continue to be an active member, we will be more than happy to collect dues from you. They remain $25/family for the year. Make sure you keep receiving all of the benefits that come with being a member. These include priority access to campsites at ISP; opportunities to join us at the various camping weekend events we organize; access to closed BAS meetings (like the pizza party and holiday party) as well as any visits the club makes to a local planetarium.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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