Photo of the Month
The board meeting will be on Wednesday June 3rd Via Zoom
The general meeting is planned for Friday the 12th. Virtually via Zoom **Be aware this will NOT be at Anser. And likely online** Check back for more details day of.
"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***
June 13th - Idaho City
June 20th - Dedication Point
July 11th - Bogus Basin Star Party
July 18th - Idaho City
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 May BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 7:00 pm, via Zoom teleconference. We will discuss upcoming events for the club and how the COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Idaho’s plan to re-open will affect us.
The BAS membership meeting will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 7:00 pm, via Zoom teleconference. Our guest speaker this month will be Chris Anderson, Planetarium Production Specialist and Observatory Manager, Herrett Center, College of Southern Idaho. Chris will present on his latest research on occultations through the use of the 24” Herrett Telescope at the Centennial Observatory.
For anyone who still wonders, the Idaho Star Party™ (ISP) has been scheduled for the weekend of September 18th & 19th. We are currently working with the Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation to ensure we will be able to meet there. If not, we are looking for an acceptable alternate venue. Idaho Star Party™ 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, please contact our ISP Coordinator (Jeffrey Creed, BASISPcoordinator@gmail.com) to work out the details for camping arrangements.
Our ISP T-shirt design contest is now open to all dues-paying members. Deadline for submissions to any BAS officer is July 1st so that we may vote on them at our Pizza and Ice Cream Social, scheduled for July 10th. The theme this year will be: “The Formation of Galaxies Revealed by the Largest Time Machines.” Please check our Groups.io page for updates.
The Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park has mentioned to me that they will begin re-opening soon,but not likely before the end of May.
There are two scheduled star parties this month. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we will be limiting these star parties to members only. The first is scheduled for the 16th at the Idaho City Dark Sky site. The second is scheduled for the 23rd at Dedication Point. We will check to make sure both facilities are open for use before going out. We'll follow the safely precautions for the re-opening of events (masks, bring wipes, safe distancing).
The number of active memberships in BAS has dropped. Please consider renewing for 2020. The cost is still a low $25/family for the year. Make sure you keep receiving your membership benefits, including priority access to ISP campsites, opportunities to join our camping weekend events, 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