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October

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, at 7:00 PM at Ram Restaurant, 3272 E. Pine Ave, Meridian, ID. All members are welcome to this but it is buy your own dinner event.

Due to the Idaho Star Party we will not be having a membership meeting this month. The next membership meeting will be on November 9th at 7:00PM at the Boise Main Library, 715 So, Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham Room on the third floor.



Star Parties



The first star party for the month is the annual Bogus Basin Public Star Party on Satuday, October 22nd, starting at 6:00PM. There we will have one of our pot-lucks before the star party. Watch the BAS1 yahoo messages for a food signup and information for this event.

The second star party will be at the Dedication Point location on October 29th. 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. SkyWatcher2016.9.pdf 1.5 Mb



Volunteering

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 BAS board will meet on Wednesday, October 5th, at 7:00 pm at the Ram Restaurant, 3272 E. Pine Ave, Meridian, ID, to continue planning for the remainder of 2016 and start working on 2017. All BAS members are welcome to join us (buy your own dinner).

Our next BAS membership meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8, 7:00 pm, at the Boise Main Library, 715 So. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham Room on the third floor. This monthís guest speaker will be long time BAS member and Master Observer, Steve Bell, presenting the 2016 Observerís Challenge for the Idaho Star Party on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at Bruneau Dunes State Park. If you have yet to participate in the ISP Observerís Challenge, this will be an informative introduction to a fun event and a great way to get involved in observing lists. Registered participants will earn a certificate and a gold star hat pin for successfully completing the Observerís Challenge List.

Because of the proximity of the 2016 Idaho Star Party (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1), there will be no formal BAS membership meeting in October. Our next BAS membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00 pm, at the Boise Main Library, 715 So. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham Room on the third floor.

This monthís BAS star parties are scheduled for September 3rd at Idaho City and September 24th at Dedication Point. With the recent wildfires and resulting smoke, there is a possibility that the Idaho City star party may be moved to a different location. Any changes will be announced on the BAS1 Yahoo Group.

After the Idaho Star Party, the next scheduled observing event will be the annual Bogus Basin Public Star Party on Saturday, October 22nd. This event will take place at the Bogus Basin Resort in the Frontier Point Lodge parking lot. This is a public invited star party, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with solar observing and night observing beginning at sunset. We need as many BAS members with telescopes to attend as possible. We will be holding our usual BAS pot-luck dinner before the star party and Iíll be putting out a sign-up list a week before the event. Our last BAS star party for the month will be held on Saturday, October 29th at Dedication Point.

As we approach the end of 2016, itís time to start looking at who will lead BAS into the coming year and beyond. Volunteers are what has made BAS a success for many years. All of our elected officers and appointed board members are volunteers who enjoy the hobby and sharing it with others. Yes, it does take some time and effort but I feel that every minute Iíve spent working for BAS has been time well spent. With the annual club elections coming up at the December 2016 meeting, Iíd like you to think about all that BAS has done for you over the years and how some of you might be able to make it even better. I will not be running for re-election because of some medical issues that need attention but Iím sure we have other club members willing to step up to the challenge.

Randy Holst
President BAS

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