Solar Eclipse Safety

There is a total solar eclipse that will be visible in the Boise area on Aug. 21, 2017. Please read and understand the information provided on theses websites before attempting ANY solar viewing. Boise Astronomical Society does NOT endorse ANY solar viewing method. Please take care of your eyes so you can see this and other astronomical events.

Links and information

Photo Of The Month

Photographer: Jordan Ragsdale
Photo: Eastern Veil Nebula
Taken with an Orion ED80T CF and .8x reducer/flattener. The camera used was a Nikon D5300 with a IDAS LPS-D1 filter (50x180", ISO 400). The image was stacked using DeepSkyStacker and processed in PhotoShop.

The photo will be updated monthly and voted the during the prior board meeting. Members are welcome to come vote for photos. If you would like to submit a photo please email it privately to the webmaster.

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd, at Anser Charter School at 6:30.

The membership meeting will be held on Friday, August 11th at 7:00 PM. This will be at Anser Charter School, 202 E. 42nd St., Garden City. This is the ISP Challenge presentation, so to get a sneak peek at the challenge join us.

Star Parties

The first schedules star party for the month on Saturday the 19th in Idaho City. For directions go to maps

The second star party will be at Dedication Point on the 26th. For directions go to maps

Also during the weekend of the 26th is the Ponderosa Public Star Party. The event will be both Friday and Saturday night. A potluck will be held on Saturday evening. Watch BAS1 for potluck food lists.

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. SkyWatcher2017.8.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

The August BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm, at Anser Charter School 202 E. 42nd St. Garden City. All BAS members are welcome to join in to see how club activities are planned.

The next BAS membership meeting will be held on Friday, July 11th, 7:00 pm, at the Anser Charter School. Our guest speaker this month is John McVey who will be presenting information on the Idaho Star Party Observer’s Challenge.

There are two regularly scheduled Star Parties this month. The first takes place on the 19th at Idaho City. The second takes place the following weekend at Ponderosa State Park. Ponderosa still has openings and takes place the weekend after the Eclipse. If you would rather have a Star Party at Dedication Point and do not plan on attending the Ponderosa Star Party then you may make arrangements via BAS1 or our Facebook page.

This is the month!

Any other year, our Idaho Star Party™ at Bruneau Dunes S.P., would be the highlight of the year. However, ISP will actually pale in comparison this year to the event of the year. As you are aware, Monday, Aug. 21, is the Total Eclipse of 2017. While the most of the Treasure Valley itself won't be in the line of totality, just a couple hours away -- north, west, and east -- conditions are perfect to watch the sky dim. Thousands are expected to flock to Idaho. I know many of you will be headed in various directions to get in on the eclipse. Believe it, or not, Buzz Aldrin and the online telescope Slooh will even be in Idaho.

The Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park is still needing volunteers. If you have completed the background check (required) in the last two years you may volunteer there. Please contact the parks dept. ahead of time to let them know which day of the weekend you are going to be there. This is very important so there will not be too many volunteers. Otherwise you will be turned away and that has happened already this year. Volunteer hours at Bruneau Dunes count toward the Astronomy League’s Outreach Award. Visit their website, or speak to Dr. Irwin Horowitz for more information.

Each year, BAS pledges to provide at least 200 volunteer hours at Bruneau Dunes State Park. Most of these hours are spent working with the public during their viewing nights on Friday and Saturday every weekend through mid-October. To date, we have about 40 hours completed on our 2017 commitment. In order to reach our goal of 200 hours, we need to average one volunteer per night for the rest of the season (assuming 4 hours each session and good weather). In order to accomplish this, we need members of BAS who have passed a background check by the park and are willing to help out with observing. Please consider providing Bruneau with this assistance. The forms needed for the background check can be found on the BAS1 group yahoo page (under the files tab). If you filled it out and passed the check last year, you are good to go for 2017

Lastly, you do not need to pass a background check if all you plan to do is volunteer work that does not involve interactions with the public (such as picking up trash around the park). These hours will count towards BAS's 200 hour total, but would not count for the outreach award.

The Idaho Star Party™ has been scheduled for the weekend of September 15th - September 17th, 2017. This year our guest speaker is Dr. Tanya Harrison from the New Space Initiative at Arizona State University - Tempe and an expert on Mars and Mars Rovers. Registration is still ongoing and if you are at the meeting you may pay for your registration with our Treasurer, Becky Nielsen. If you cannot make the meeting you may always download an application on the website, fill it out, and send it in.

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.