Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, April 1st, 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, April 10th, 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 April 11th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.
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_4.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, 01 April at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will continue to discuss our plans for the year as well as address our need for a new meeting/storage location. 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, 10 April, I will be giving a (long delayed) presentation on observing the Sun. We will meet at 7 p.m. in Classroom #2 at DCI.

This Saturday (04 April), very early in the morning, we will have the opportunity to view a total lunar eclipse. The partial phase begins around 4:20 a.m. MDT, while totality starts around 5:40 a.m. It will end about 6:20 a.m. The Moon will be quite low in the western sky during this event. This is one for the early risers out there. We'll have another opportunity for a total lunar eclipse in late September that will be in the early evening hours.

Later this month we will be enjoying the 2015 Messier Marathon at Bruneau Dunes State Park. It will take place over the weekend of 17 - 19 April. If you are interested in joining us, you will need to reserve a campsite at the park through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation website. Try to get a site in Loop A of the Eagle Cove campground, as that is where most BAS members will be. We will have a potluck dinner on Saturday night, so bring along a dish to share with the group (I'm bringing the strawberries!).

We have 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. Many of the campsites in Loop A of the Eagle Cove campground have already been reserved by 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 planning a full 2015 summer schedule including 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. Both of these weekend star parties are full, but you can contact Randy Holst to add your name to a waiting list. At each of these listed events, BAS organizes a potluck dinner on Saturday evening for our members, which is always a terrific event.

The observatory at Bruneau Dunes is opening up this month, and is in need of volunteers to assist with the public. If you have a free Friday or Saturday evening, and are interested in helping out, let a BAS board member know so we can get you in touch with the observatory staff and arrange for you to assist them. You can probably get a free campsite for the evening or weekend.

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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