Photo of the Month
The board meeting will be on Wednesday Sept. 9th Via Zoom
The general meeting is planned for Friday the 18th via Zoom. Check Groups.io and facebook for zoom links. This month we will have a guest speaker, Andreas Faisst, on "The Formation of Galaxies Revealed by the Largest Time Machines."
"Whew! A ton of learning went into generating an image of this nebula - the Orion Nebula - where the core of it wasn't oversaturated (because it's so bright). I had to combine exposures from 15s to 500s long to preserve the whispy details in the outer cloud, AND the center of the star forming region. Here it is! With a total integration of 3.6hrs L:3x500s (0Gain) + 20x15s (Unity Gain) R:4x500s (0Gain) + 68x15s (Unity Gain) G:7x500s (0Gain) + 45x15s (Unity Gain) B:7x500s (0Gain) + 29x15s (Unity Gain) Thanks to Jordan and others for coaching me through the minutia and final processing of this guy! Equipment: Scope: TSQ100ED Camera: ASI1600mm Pro Mount: EQ6R Pr Guiding: 50/190mm guide with QHY224MC ZWO LRGB Filters Software: Pixinsight, SharpCap, PHD2, and Sequence Generator Pro"
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Upcoming Star Parties
***ALL EVENTS ARE TENTATIVELY PLANNED***
September 12th - Reynolds Creek
September 19th - Dedication Point
See below for maps to star party locations. If you plan on attending a star party we HIGHLY suggest arriving before sunset.
Watch for go/ no go messages on Facebook and Groups.io
Click here for maps
The September BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 pm via zoom teleconference.
The next BAS membership meeting will be held Friday, September 18th at 7:00 pm, via Zoom teleconference. This month’s guest speaker will be our Idaho Star Party™ (ISP) guest speaker: Andreas Faisst, presenting on "The Formation of Galaxies Revealed by the Largest Time Machines.”
For anyone who missed it last month, the ISP has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While camping has opened, the other facilities have not. With the ongoing rise in cases of COVID-19 in Idaho, especially in Ada and Canyon Counties, and with several “at-risk” club members, the prudent decision was to suspend ISP.
Due to the lack of activities for 2020, the board has decided to extend all paid/current members of the Boise Astronomical Society memberships through the year 2021. Membership cards should have already gone out and you will not need to renew your dues for 2021.
I know some of you wish to get together for a meeting of some kind, but while school has resumed at our usual location, extracurricular events have not. The current situation (stage 3 in Ada County) has us on stand-by until January 2021. Members of the Board are hopeful a solution will present itself for the Holiday Party at least.
We do have two star parties scheduled for the month of September, the first is scheduled for Saturday, the 12th at 8:00 pm at Reynolds Creek Dark Sky site in Owyhee County. The second star party is scheduled for Saturday the 19th at Dedication Point, in lieu of the Idaho Star Party™. As usual, the Go/No-Go message will be posted to our Groups.io page and Facebook and twitter @boiseastro.
Finally, after many requests, our webmaster has enabled a link allowing members who would like to renew or join the club online may now do so securely on our website. We continue to accept cash, checks, debit/credit cards via Square. Let your friends and family know.
Get out there, explore your universe.
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society