Solar Eclipse Safety

There is a total solar eclipse that will be visible in the Boise area on Aug. 21, 2017. Please read and understand the information provided on theses websites before attempting ANY solar viewing. Boise Astronomical Society does NOT endorse ANY solar viewing method. Please take care of your eyes so you can see this and other astronomical events.

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Photo Of The Month

Photographer: Jordan Ragsdale
Photo: M51
Taken with an Explore Scientific 8" f/3.9 Newtonian with Coma Corrector and a Nikon D5300

The photo will be updated monthly and choosen the during the prior board meeting. If you would like to submit a photo please email it privately to the webmaster.

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 5th, at Louie's Italian Restaurant at 6:30.

The membership meeting will be held on Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PM. This will be at Anser Charter School, 202 E. 42nd St., Garden City. This is the pizza and ice cream social which is a members only meeting. New members are more than welcome to come and join.

Star Parties

The first schedules star party for the month is the Bogus Basin Star Party on July 15th. This is a free public event with a donation to the canned food drive.

The second star party will be at Idaho City on July 22th. For directions go to maps

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. SkyWatcher2017.7.pdf 1.3 Mb


Want to volunteer out at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory? Don't know what do 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

The July BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 5th at 7:00 pm, at Anser Charter School 202 E. 42nd St. Garden City. All BAS members are welcome to join in to see how club activities are planned.

The next BAS membership meeting will be held on Friday, July 14th, 7:00 pm, at the Anser Charter School. This month is our annual Pizza and Ice Cream Social and nominations for Volunteer of the Year Award. The award recognizes the person who has contributed the most through volunteerism with the Club, various outreach and even Bruneau Dunes S.P. The Pizza and Ice Cream Social is for paid members only; however, the secretary is will be there to accept your renewal, or initial fees.

This month is our Bogus Basin Star Party and following the week is a Star Party once again at Granite Creek near Idaho City. The Bogus Basin Star Party always attracts the largest number of people and we can always use all of the BAS members to participate in this event to make it successful. We will also have a potluck dinner for BAS Members who would like to participate. More details will be announced after the board meeting.

The Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park is now open and volunteers are needed. If you have completed the background check (required) in the last two years you may volunteer there. Please contact the parks dept. ahead of time to let them know which day of the weekend you are going to be there. This is very important so there will not be too many volunteers. Otherwise you will be turned away and that has happened already this year.

Each year, BAS pledges to provide at least 200 volunteer hours at Bruneau Dunes State Park. Most of these hours are spent working with the public during their viewing nights on Friday and Saturday every weekend through mid-October. To date, we have about 40 hours completed on our 2017 commitment.

In order to reach our goal of 200 hours, we need to average one volunteer per night for the rest of the season (assuming 4 hours each session and good weather). In order to accomplish this, we need members of BAS who have passed a background check by the park and are willing to help out with observing. Please consider providing Bruneau with this assistance. The forms needed for the background check can be found on the BAS1 group yahoo page (under the files tab). If you filled it out and passed the check last year, you are good to go for 2017

Lastly, you do not need to pass a background check if all you plan to do is volunteer work that does not involve interactions with the public (such as picking up trash around the park). These hours will count towards BAS's 200 hour total, but would not count for the outreach award.

The Idaho Star Party™ has been scheduled for the weekend of September 15th - September 17th, 2017. This year our guest speaker is Dr. Tanya Harrison from the New Space Initiative at Arizona State University - Tempe and an expert on Mars and Mars Rovers. Registration is still ongoing and if you are at the meeting you may pay for your registration with our Treasurer, Becky Nielsen. If you cannot make the meeting you may always download an application on the website, fill it out, and send it in.

See you there,
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society

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.