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The board meeting will be on Wednesday March 7th Via Zoom.
The general meeting is planned for Friday the 9th via Zoom at 7.
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"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***
April 3rd - Dedication Point
April 10th - Messier Marathon - **Bruneau Dunes
Bruneau Dunes Camping reservations are your responsibility
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
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**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!
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The BAS Board will be meeting on April 7th 2021 at 7:00pm at Casa Mexico Restaurant on Fairview near Five Mile. This is a normal board meeting, and we will be testing whether we can now begin meeting in person once again.
Our regular General Meeting will be August 9th for those not attending the Messier Marathon at Bruneau Dunes. The guest speaker this month is our very own Dr. Irwin Horowitz, speaking about Charles Messier. The meeting happens at 7:00pm and will be by Zoom.
Registration for the Idaho Star Party™ (set for Sept 10-12), opens April 7th. For those who register early, between Apr 7th and Aug 1st , the cost is only $12.50 per campsite (Registration Form on the BAS website). Registering after Aug 1st will cost $25 per campsite. Our 2021 theme is “Oceanography of Titan” (Saturn’s largest moon). Submit your themed T-shirt design ideas by July’s Pizza & Ice Cream party where a winner will be chosen.
We are also encouraging members to sign up now for our Ponderosa Star Party (planned for Aug 6-8) – contact me directly for Ponderosa. Our star parties this month occur on the 3rd and the 10th. Please watch our posts to Groups.io and our Facebook page for the Go/No-go messages.
We are so fortunate to enjoy dark skies so close to home, particularly those in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve (CIDSR). The quality of these night skies is ranked among the best in the world, but they require monitoring and protection. Once again the CIDSR has asked us to hold a star party in the reserve. The City of Stanley has offered to host the star party, the date of which has not yet been decided. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated.
Prof. Brian Jackson, Dept of Physics Boise State University, has asked for our help with a NASA proposal in which Physics undergrads will be trained to do astronomy outreach, with a focus on the Dark Sky Reserve. He is looking for some volunteers experienced in astronomy outreach to help train the students to host stargazing events, including practice sessions. Please contact Prof. Jackson directly (www.astrojack.com, contact info on About page).
Among the new activities you can enjoy in our Astronomy Society are observation challenges and a book club. Last month, our new AL-Cor Carol Hadley introduced two Astronomical League Observation Challenges. I encourage you to explore these.
Also last month, we introduced an Astronomy Book Club, organized by our newsletter editor Loretta Cannon. The books look interesting. Details for these activities and more can be found on the Club News and Events pages below. Participate and enjoy.
Get out there, explore your universe.
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society