Boise
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April

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Monday, April 4th, at at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the TA Travel Center (truck stop) restaurant, 4115 S. Broadway (at I-84), in Boise. The Idaho Star Party Planning Committee will be held at the same location starting at 6:30pm.

The membership meeting will be Monday, April 11th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting at the Boise Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham room ont he third floor.



Star Parties



This month we will be hold the Messier Marathon, at the Bruneau Sand Dunes, Eagle Cove campground Loop A, during the weekend of April 8th and 9th. No registration needed, but camping reservation is if planning to stay the weekend.
The first star party for the month will be at Dedication Point, on Saturday, April 2nd. For directions go to the Maps and Photos link on the BAS1 yahoo group.
The second star party will also be at the Dedication Point location, on Saturday, April 30th.
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. SkyWatcher2016.4.pdf .77 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

The BAS board will meet on Monday, April 4, at 7:00 pm at the TA Travel Center (truck stop) restaurant, 4115 So. Broadway (at I-84), 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. Our next BAS membership meeting will be held on Monday, April 11, at 7:00 pm, at the Boise Main Library, 715 So. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham room on the third floor. This month’s guest speaker will be our own Dr. Irwin Horowitz, with a presentation on the Highlights of the Astronomical League (AL) Observing Programs and AL benefits to BAS members.

Our next BAS star party is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at Dedication Point. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate this time. That will be followed by the BAS Messier Marathon on April 8-9, at Bruneau Dunes State Park, in Loop “A” of the Eagle Cove campground. There is no registration for this event but you will need a campsite reservation to spend the weekend. Our traditional pot-luck dinner is planned for Saturday evening in the Eagle Cove Pavilion.

The Bruneau Dunes Observatory is now open to the public and we need to start building up our volunteer hours, helping them (and us) out. 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: IDPR Background 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.

May 9th will be the transit of Mercury and we’re still contemplating an observing location where everyone can get a good view. The BAS campsites for the Farewell Bend Star Party, June 3-4 and the Ponderosa Star Party, August 5-6, are still full and I’ll be filling any cancellations from the waiting lists.

With the 2016 Idaho Star Party coming up Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, at Bruneau Dunes State Park, we are finalizing negotiations with a guest speaker for this event. Once that’s done, we’ll make an announcement as to the speaker’s name and subject matter. We still have a few BAS campsites available in Loop “A” at the Eagle Cove campground so make your reservation with BAS Treasurer Becky Nielsen 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: ISP 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.