Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, September 3rd, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm. Just before the board meeting will be a planning session for the Idaho Star Party, starting at 6:30pm.

There will not be a membership meeting this month.

Star Parties

The Idaho Star Party is September 19th and 20th at Bruneau Dunes State Park.

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday, September 27th. 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 September club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2014_9.pdf 2.2 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

I want to first take this opportunity to thank each of our members who assisted this year at the Bogus Basin Star Party. Once again, the event was a phenomenal success. I even ran into a few attendees the following week who recognized me and expressed their gratitude and appreciation to BAS for a wonderful evening. I would like to extend my thanks to the Bogus Basin Foundation, Idaho Camera, and Idaho Mountain Touring for their sponsorship of the event. Those who participated in the potluck dinner were quite satisfied with the variety of dishes (especially the home-made ice cream!). We had excellent views of the setting Sun and as the sky darkened, Saturn and Mars both put on a terrific show. Congrats to the winner of the Celestron telescope raffled off by Idaho Camera. To all who made a donation of canned food to the Idaho Food Bank, families in need in our community will be most grateful.

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 03 September at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. All BAS members are welcome to join us. Prior to this meeting, at 6:30 p.m., we will be holding the final planning meeting for the 2014 Idaho Star Party. All interested parties are welcome to attend that meeting and help us get organized for a fantastic star party later this month.

The 2014 Idaho Star Party will take place over the weekend of 19 - 21 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. Our guest speaker is Idaho astrophotographer Thomas Davis, who will be giving a pair of presentations on his work on Friday evening and then on Saturday afternoon.

If you have not yet submitted your registration to the ISP, you can still register at the event. The fee is $25/family. You can still purchase tickets for the Star-B-Q dinner on Saturday night at $10/person. However, we are no longer accepting orders for t-shirts, sweatshirts, or hats. If there are any extra, you may purchase them, but we are not able to guarantee their availability. If you still need a campsite for ISP, you should first check with our Treasurer Barbara Syriac to see if we have any remaining in Loop A of Eagle Cove. If they are all assigned, you need to contact the IDPR to reserve a site in Loop B.

Because of the Idaho Star Party, there will be no membership meeting this month for BAS. Our next membership meeting will take place in October.

Lastly, I would like to remind our membership of the continuing need for volunteers to assist at the observatory at Bruneau Dunes each Friday and Saturday night through mid-October. If you have the opportunity to head out there to help out, the observatory staff would surely appreciate it.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS

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