Photo of the Month
"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***
July 3rd - Dedication Point
July 10th - Dedication Point
August 7th - Dedication Point
August 14th - Granite Creek
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
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This month's newsletter in now available.
Become a member!
**If you paid your membership for 2020 you do not have to pay for 2021**
Our membership fees will now cover you and your household family members through December 2021!
Become a member by going to our join page or paying online!
Our monthly board meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00pm. The meeting place will be at Casa Mexico Restaurant located at 10332 W. Fairview Ave, Boise 83704.
Our monthly general meeting for July is our annual *Member’s Only* Pizza and Ice Cream Social! We’ll meet at 6:30pm at Idaho Pizza Co. located at 5150 W Overland Rd, Boise 83705. We will be voting on a winner for the T-shirt design for the Idaho Star Party™.
The early registration is ongoing for the Idaho Star Party™, After August 1, the price increases to $25.00, and I am told campsites in both loop A and B are filling fast. This year we are including a binocular challenge as well as our regular observing challenge. Our guest speaker will be Michael Heslar from the University of Idaho, and his talk will cover “The Oceanography on Titan”, Saturn’s largest moon. You may register as well as pay fees for the Idaho Star Party online by visiting our website at Boise Astro - ISP.
There is a Dark Sky Star Party this month (July 9th-11th) in Stanley with the Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. You may attend if you desire to do so, and if so, please contact the treasurer and let her know you are attending.
There will be a star party on Saturday July 10th at Dedication Point for those not going to Stanley. Our usual Go/No-Go message will be posted to Groups.io and our Facebook group prior to the event.
Ponderosa Star Party - this event is for members only and will take place August 6th - 8th. All campsites this year are spoken for. Also, the same weekend as Ponderosa there will be a star party at Dedication Point.
I do want to remind you that we will once again start meeting in person at Anser Charter School beginning this fall, which will be following the Idaho Star Party™ in September.
Get out there, explore your universe.
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society