Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, September 2nd, at The Twin Dragon Restaurant at 7:00pm. There will be an Idaho Star Party planning meeting at 6:30pm in the same location.
Twin Dragon is located on 22nd street and Fairview, just off of the connector.

There will be no membership meeting due to the Idaho Star Party. The next membership meeting will be on Thursday, October 1st, at the Boise Public Library!.

Star Parties

There is a club star party scheduled for Saturday September 5th, at Dedication Point. For directions go to the Maps and Photos link on the BAS1 yahoo group.

The Idaho Star Party is on September 11th and 12th at the Bruneau Sand Dunes. Registration will be Friday evening from 3 to 6pm and Saturday from 11am to 1pm.

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. SkyWatcher 2015.09.pdf 1.3 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

This month, the BAS board will meet on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. at Twin Dragon restaurant in Boise. It is located on Fairview Ave. and 22nd St., just off of the connector. All BAS members are welcome to join us for dinner (order off menu). We will be in a private room at the restaurant. There will be a meeting of the ISP planning committee starting at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

There is no membership meeting this month, as it is finally time for the IDAHO STAR PARTY™!!!!! It will take place over the weekend of September 11 – 13 at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The theme for ISP this year is “Exploration of Dwarf Planets” and our guest speaker is the deputy project scientist on the highly successful New Horizons mission to Pluto. If you have not reserved a campsite for ISP, you will need to contact the Idaho Parks department and reserve an open site in Loop B of the Eagle Cove campground. As of 31 Aug, there were only seven (7) sites remaining in that loop. In addition, we are no longer taking early registration forms. If you have not yet submitted your registration for ISP, you will have to register on-site upon your arrival. Prices for registration as well as the star-b-q have returned to their full value (no more discounts). Also, you will not be able to order star party hats or t-shirts.

Later this month, on the evening of Sunday, September 27, we will be witness to a total lunar eclipse shortly after sunset. The total phase begins about 8 p.m. and will run until about 9:30 p.m. During this time, the Moon will be low on the eastern horizon, so I encourage you to find a viewing location with a clear view of this horizon so you can enjoy one of nature’s finest spectacles.

I do want to remind everyone that there will be one more major event happening after ISP this year. That will be the Bogus Basin star party, which has been rescheduled for the evening of Saturday, October 10th. This will take place in lieu of our scheduled Granite Creek star party that evening. Members of BAS are welcome to join us for a potluck dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Solar viewing for the public will occur between 6 and 7 p.m. (sunset is 7:10 p.m. MDT). There will be a constellation tour after it gets dark as well as general viewing of the objects visible, such as Saturn and the Andromeda Galaxy.

Lastly, please consider helping out during the rest of the summer at the observatory at Bruneau Dunes. They are open every Friday and Saturday evening until mid-October and are always seeking volunteers to operate telescopes. If you are interested, let a BAS board member know and we can put you in touch with members of the observatory staff to arrange your visit.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
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.