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Upcoming Star Parties
***ALL EVENTS ARE TENTATIVELY PLANNED***
May 16th - Idaho City
May 23rd - 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.
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The March BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4th 2020 at 7:00 pm, at the Anser Charter School 242 E. 42nd St., Garden City. The board meeting will be preceded by the ISP Planning Committee meeting at 6:30 pm. All BAS members are welcome to join in to see how club activities are planned.
The next BAS membership meeting will be held on Friday, March 13th, 2020 7:00 pm, in the Math Room at Anser Charter School. This month’s guest speaker will a surprise!
Our beginning with the Basics Class will be held at 6:00pm in the Math Room at Anser Charter School. The astrophotography class will be held in the Spanish Room of Anser Charter School also at 6:00pm.
For anyone who missed it last month, the Idaho Star Party™ (ISP) has been scheduled for the weekend of September 18 th – 19th 2020. Campsites are now available in the “A” loop at the Eagle Cove campground at Bruneau Dunes State Park. If you want to get a campsite in our exclusive group area, the March BAS meeting is the time to do it. Bring your checkbook, Idaho Park Passport sticker and Idaho RV sticker numbers, plus expiration dates for both. No sticker number equals no camping discount. We are still working on a guest speaker for ISP but hope to announce one soon.
Our observing season opening camping trip, the BAS Messier Marathon is coming up the weekend of April 17th & 18th, 2020, at the Eagle Cove campground, Bruneau Dunes State Park. This is an informal event with no registration required other than making your own campsite reservation through Idaho Parks. There are still plenty of campsites available for this event but the roomier sites will be filling up first. Make your reservation now to get the spot you want. We have a BAS pot luck dinner planned for this event on
Saturday evening, April 18th.
The Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park has announced that they will begin their public observing season on Friday, March 20th, 2020. I encourage all current BAS members to spend an evening or two volunteering at the observatory, as it helps both
the observatory and BAS at the same time, plus you get to spend some time at the big 25” scope when the crowds are gone. Please email me for more info.
We’ve dropped from our active membership in BAS those who have not renewed for 2020. If you desire to continue as an active member, we will be more than happy to receive your dues and updated membership application. They remain $25/family for the
year. Make sure you keep receiving the benefits that come with membership, which include priority access to campsites at ISP, opportunities to join in on camping weekend events we organize, access to closed BAS meetings (pizza party and holiday party) and
club visits to a local planetarium.
Get out there, explore your universe.
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society