Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 6th, at 7:00 PM at Louie's Pizza and Italian Resaurant, on Fairview in Meridian.

The membership meeting will be Monday, July 11th at 7:00pm. This is our pizza and ice cream social. It is a members only meeting but new members are welcome.

Star Parties

The first star party for the month is on July 2nd at Reynolds Creek. For directions look on the Maps and Photos link

The second star party will be at the Idaho City location on July 30th. 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. SkyWatcher2016.7.pdf 1.5 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

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, July 6th, at 7:00 pm at Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 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 / Pizza and Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, July 11th, 7:00 pm, at the Boise Main Library, 715 So. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham Room on the third ?oor. Since BAS is providing the pizza, ice cream and drinks, this is a members only event but new members may join at the meeting and attend the social. New members please bring a completed membership application form and $25 dues (cash or check). You can ?nd a printable membership application form here=" Application for Membership!

The next BAS star party will be held on July 2nd at Reynolds Creek, followed by the July 30th BAS star party at Idaho City / Granite Creek. Note that we have recently swapped the locations of these two star parties to avoid ATV activity at Idaho City on 4th of July weekend. Calender now re?ects these changes. Click on these events on the calendar for photos and directions. (An updated events schedule will be posted shortly.)

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 BAS campsites for the Ponderosa Star Party, August 5-6, are still full. If you have been assigned a campsite for this event and find you cannot attend, please notify me ASAP. I’ll be filling any cancellations from the waiting list.

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.