Photo Of The Month

Photographer: Cal Sandfort
Photo: Veil Nebula
Taken with an AP155EDFS and SBIG STL-11k through H-alpha and OIII narrowband filters. H-alpha and two OIII filters were combined to create this photo

The photo will be updated monthly and voted on during the prior board meeting. Members are welcome to vote for the photos as well. Contact the webmaster, Bailey Nielsen, the current photos and for photo submissions.

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11th, at Louis Restaurant on Fairview Ave. in Meridian at 7:00.

The membership meeting will be on Friday the 13th of October at Anser Charter School in Garden City.

Star Parties

The first scheduled star party for the month on Saturday the 14th at Dedication Point.

The second star party will be at Dedication Point on the 21st. For directions go to maps

Watch the BAS1 group for all last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.

Sky Watcher

The club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2017.10.pdf 1.3 Mb


Want to volunteer out at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory? Don't know what do do or what it requires? Open or download the Volunteering pdf to learn more.

Observing Program

BAS is sponsoring an observing program, the Deep Sky 101. For more information, or to get started check out the program page here.

President's Letter

If the weather holds, October is a still a great month for stargazing. The Milky Way still lingers in the west along with stars that were prominent in the northern summer. The autumn stars dominate overhead, and the northern winter stars are starting to poke above the eastern horizon. Best of all, you can get in a good night of stargazing without staying up too late, so if that appeals to you then we have two group star parties scheduled for October, the first is on Saturday, the 14th and the second falls a week later on the 21st. Both will be at Dedication Point. Dress warmly though as the weather does get colder this time of the year and even colder on the plateau of Dedication Point.

Octoberís board meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 11th of October, at 7:00pm at Louieís Italian Restaurant 2500 E. Fairview Ave. Meridian, ID.

Our general meeting will take place on Friday, the spooky 13th also at 7:00pm at the Anser Charter School in Garden City. Our topic this month will be announced.

The Idaho Star Party 2017ô has come and gone and it was very successful this year. I understand that our guest speaker was well received and put on a couple of great talks for our event, exploring Mars. ISP for next year will fall on the weekend of September 6-9th 2018. Mark your calendars in advance for this one as you will not want to miss it. I would like to thank our ISP co-chairpersons who helped make this year a success, Becky Nielsen, Treasurer; and Jeffery Creed.

As we approach the end of 2017, itís 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 sharing it with others. Yes, it does take some time and effort but I feel that every minute Iíve spent working for BAS has been time well spent. With the annual club elections coming up at the December 2017 meeting, Iíd 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 have been informed that the Vice-President and Secretary will not be seeking re-election in this coming year. If you would like to serve on the board please let a current officer know so you may be nominated at the December Meeting.

See you there,
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society

SOHO EIT 304 Latest Image (click image for larger view)

Courtesy of SOHO/EIT consortium. SOHO is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.
The SOHO project home page can be found here.