The 35th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk August 4, 2018 and will end at dawn August 12, 2018

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Overlooking Lake Osoyoos

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The 2018 MKSP is nearly upon us, so we are working to up date the site with all the current information for this year.

Hello Kobau Friends,

You will find the information for 2018, The dates for next year are posted, Mark them on your calendar.


Announcement for 2018

This year we plan to be back onto the August New Moon Schedule. Please do join us on the mountain for the 35th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party. We’ll be there to welcome you, souvenir buttons, shirts, caps and the traditional Kobau hospitality. Plus the prospect of some impromptu twilight talks.

See you there!

Mt. Kobau Star Party Staff



This is a special place. The great rampart of Mt. Kobau separates two ancient river valleys. From either side, the mountain’s grassland slopes rise quickly, conceding first to scattered pines, then to steep, thick forests of fir.

A kilometre and a half above the rivers, the woods yield to a sub-alpine ridge.

Here, wildflowers bloom between hardy conifers and sagebrush. By day, the vista seems endless. After sunset, it may be so.

Mt. Kobau Star Party is for those whose hearts swell at the sight of faint starlight; it is not for the faint of heart. The bumpy road to the summit can de-collimate more than your telescope. At night, while good seeing tests your scope’s resolution, cold temperatures will test your personal resolve.

But as the saying goes, nothing worth doing is easy. And - we think you’ll agree - nothing compares with the exhausted exhilaration you’ll feel packing away scope and charts as the spectral hues of dawn tempt away the night’s last stars.

Mt. Kobau has a reputation as a star party for serious observers. That doesn’t mean “no fun allowed.” Nor does it mean you have to be a grizzled sky-veteran to enjoy the experience. The fresh enthusiasm of a fired-up beginner fits right in. Just give proper consideration to the trials Kobau may put you through...and when you come, come prepared!


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