Photo of the Month
The board meeting will be on Wednesday Sept. 1st
There is no General Meeting this Month. We welcome you to join us at Bruneau Dunes State Park for our Annual Idaho Star Party
ISP Online Registration has been closed. You can still register days of event in the Eagle Cove Pavilion.
"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***
Sept. 4th - Dedication Point
Sept. 10th-11th - Bruneau Dunes
October 2nd - Granite Creek
October 9th - 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
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!
The waning days of summer are upon us, and that means the Sun is setting earlier now. The nights are certainly getting cooler, and that usually means warmer clothes for observing sessions. Speaking of observing sessions, the Idaho Star Party™ is upon us. It’s on for the second weekend of September (10th & 11th) at Bruneau Dunes State Park and features our guest speaker Dr. Michael Heslar, from the University of Idaho, talking about the Oceanography of Saturn’s moon Titan. And we’ll have our world famous Star-B-Que. Along with this, we will have two vendors at ISP this year. Oregon Observatory has agreed to return, and we have a new one called Siftin Sweets, providing snack type items for our overnight sessions.
This year at ISP, in addition to our usual Telescope (observers) Challenge, we will be having a Binocular Challenge as well.
There is no General Membership meeting this month as most of the members are attending the Idaho Star Party™. If you are not attending ISP, please consider supporting Boise State’s First Friday Astronomy event on the 3rd or the Virtual Planetarium on the 16th.
As school has resumed once again, the Society will be called upon for both volunteer activities and star parties. If you want to help out, please look for announcements from our education liaisons when the requests for volunteers are posted on Groups.io.
As we approach the end of 2021, it’s time to start looking at who will lead BAS into the coming year and beyond. Volunteers are what has made BAS a success for many years. All of our elected officers and appointed board members are volunteers who enjoy the hobby and share it with others. Yes, it does take some time and effort. but I feel that every minute I’ve spent working for BAS has been time well spent. With the annual club elections coming up at the December 2021 meeting, I’d like you to think about all that BAS has done for you over the years, and how some of you might be able to make it even better. I’m sure we have other club members willing to step up to the challenge. Keep this in mind over the next couple of months as we begin to wind down 2021. Attending a board meeting might help if you are uncertain about what goes on, and the board would most certainly welcome your attendance.
Let’s not forget that shorter days means longer times at the eyepiece enjoying one of the oldest and most ennobling, as well as the most enjoyable and relaxing, of all pastimes.
Get out there, explore your universe.
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society