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August

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, August 6th, 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.

The Membership meeting will be Friday August 8th at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7pm in Classroom #1.



Star Parties

The Bogus Basin Star Party is Saturday August 16th.

There will be a club star party at the Idaho City site on Saturday, August 23th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.
There will be a second club star party on Saturday August 30th at the Dedication Point. Please watch BAS1 for updates.
Watch the BAS1 group for last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.



Sky Watcher

The August club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2014_8.pdf 1.8 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 would first like to congratulate our 2014 BAS Volunteer of the Year, Randy Holst! For those interested in earning this honor next year, we consider all volunteer-related efforts by our members up to June 2015. This includes helping out at the observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park. They are open every Friday and Saturday evening through mid-October. If you have the opportunity to head out there to help out, the observatory staff would surely appreciate it.

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 06 August 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 next planning meeting for the 2014 Idaho Star Party#. All interested parties are welcome to attend that meeting and get involved.

At our next membership meeting on Friday, 08 August, Steve Bell will be unveiling the ISP Observer's Challenge for this year. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Classroom #1 at the Discovery Center. This will be the last date on which you can lock in the early registration rates for ISP. It costs $12.50 per family for those who complete and pay for their registration by this meeting. After this date, the rate rises to $25 per family. If you don't complete the registration by this meeting, you will need to register on-site and deal with the delays associated with that. This also represents the last day to order ISP t-shirts and hats. We will accept no orders for these items after August 8. We will have extra registration forms available at the meeting and accept either cash or check (sorry, no credit cards).

The Bogus Basin star party will be held on Saturday, August 16. There will be a potluck dinner for BAS members starting at 6 p.m. The public should start arriving after 7 p.m., when we will have telescopes set up for solar observing. Sunset occurs around 8:45 p.m. The star party will conclude at midnight. We encourage as many BAS members to join us at the star party to help out with the public. Even if you are not too experienced using a telescope, we can help you point out Saturn or some other interesting object.

The 2014 Idaho Star Party will take place over the weekend of 19 - 21 September at Bruneau Dunes State Park. Our guest speaker will be noted astrophotographer (and Idaho resident) Thomas Davis. Mr. Davis has published many high quality astrophotos in popular magazines like Astronomy. In addition to our speaker, ISP will also feature our "world famous" star-b-q, a youth program, fabulous door prizes, the ISP stargazer's challenge mentioned above, and spectacular late-summer Idaho skies for viewing the heavens. As you know, this is a great event and well worth the time and modest expense to attend. If you wish to reserve and pay for a campsite at the Eagle Cove campground, contact our club treasurer Barbara Syriac to determine availability. If all sites have been reserved in Loop A, you will need to contact the state parks department to reserve a site in Loop B.

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.