Photo Of The Month

Photographer: Jordan Ragsdale
Photo: M42 Orion Nebula
Description: 15 minutes (90x10" @ ISO 1600) on the central part of M42. Nikon D5300 and Explore Scientific 8" f/3.9 Newtonian .

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, February 7th, at Anser Charter School in Garden City at 7:00pm.

The membership meeting will be on Friday the 9th of February at Anser Charter School in Garden City at 7:00pm. The guest speaker this month will be Paul VerHage.

Star Parties

The first star party is scheduled at Dedication Point on the 10th of February. For directions go to maps

The second star party is sceduled for Dedication Point on the 17th.

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. SkyWatcher2018.2.pdf


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

Last month’s “I Got a New Telescope for Christmas, Now What?!?” was a tremendous success and very well attended. I would like to thank all of the members who attended this event and made it very successful.

I would like to welcome the new members who have recently joined the Society this past month and speaking of members, I would like to remind all past members who have not renewed their dues to please do so soon or you may be in jeopardy of being dropped from the rolls of the club.

This month’s triple-header eclipse of a super, blue, blood moon ushered in February with a bang. However, this is a difficult month for me as it is still definitely winter but spring (the current weather certainly has us believing it is, but we still have about 6-weeks of winter left.) is coming and the early morning skies are filled with summer constellations. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are visible in the predawn glow but wearing a parka to view objects in Scorpio and Sagittarius somehow just seems wrong.

Our club calendar is filled already and posted to the website and there are a couple of star parties this month, the first is scheduled for the 10th and the second is scheduled for the 17th. Both will be at our Dedication Point Dark Sky site south of Kuna.

On the 9th of February we will hold our club meeting at Anser Charter School and our guest speaker this month is Dr. Paul Verhage, PhD. speaking about his balloon launch during last summer’s eclipse. With time permitting, I will also do a mini-lecture on how I determine the Go / No-Go message for star parties.

February does contain a number of important dates including the 1995 launch of Discovery with Eileen Collins as the pilot, the first woman to do so. Birthdays of note are Galileo’s, 1564, and Jules Verne’s, 1828. Both of these visionaries had tremendous impact on astronomy, one by his observations and the other by his imaginings of the future. Sadly, it is also the month in 2003 when the shuttle Columbia was destroyed during reentry.

Bundle up, folks, and enjoy the winter sky. Spring is not too far away.
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.