Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 7:00 PM at TNT's Dynamite Grill and Bar, on 12th Ave, So. Nampa. The ISP planning meeting will be in the same location at 6:30PM.

The membership meeting will be Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00pm. It will be held at the Boise Public Library, on Capitol blvd.

Star Parties

The first star party for the month is the Ponderosa Public Star Party the weekend of the 5th and 6th of August.
The second star party will be at the Dedication point location on August 27th. 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. SkyWatcher2016.8.pdf 1.5 Mb


Want to volunteer out at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory? Don't know what to do or what it requires? Open or download the Volunteering pdf to learn more.

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

I want to thank the BAS membership for the great turnout at the June 25th BAS star party at Dedication Point. Mother Nature provided us with a nice clear sky, near perfect observing conditions and mild weather, which made for an exceptional night. I counted 21 scopes and around 35 people in attendance. Through my little 3” scope I was able to see cloud bands on Jupiter all the way to the poles, surface detail on Mars and the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings. It was great!

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 7:00 pm at TNT's Dynamite Grill and Bar, 16 12th Ave. So., Nampa, 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 Wednesday, August 10th, 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 our own BAS Webmaster, Bailey Nielsen, presenting Tips and Tricks for the Observer. I expect to learn some cool stuff!

The next BAS event will be the Ponderosa Public Star Party at Ponderosa State Park in McCall, ID, on August 5-6, 2016. This is a weekend camping event and as of this writing, all of the assigned BAS campsites are filled, with 3 people on the waiting list for any cancellations. BAS members not attending this event are welcome to initiate an impromptu star party at the dark sky site of your choice. We have also scheduled another BAS start party for August 27th 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 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.