The 36th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk August 15th, 2020 and will end at dawn August 23rd, 2020

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Star Party is now over for 2019

MKSP is over for this year, we had a very successful week of observing, having enjoyed Clear nights every day of the week, the final night on Saturday, was warm with light winds, some observers were out Observing into the early morning hours before sunrise. The earlier forest fire did not in any way affect the Star Party! Attendance was respectable, and by all indications MKSP will be back for another year. Starting on August 15th and running to August 23rd, 2020. Watch for updates on the event, pictures and images. to both here and the facebook page. Send all news/images you would like to share to the Webmaster@MKSP.ca

Star Party now open! Monday July 29th, 2019

We are now able to lift our postponement and open the star party. PLEASE NOTE that this does not mean there is no risk from the Richter Mountain Fire, only that the risk is down to an acceptable level, in our opinion. For more information visit our page on this fire (see Below) Hope to see you at MKSP 2019.

Weather on Sunday Night on the Mountain

Staff on the mountain last night report evening cloud that cleared around midnight to reveal "awesome" skies. "We were splitting 2-arcsec doubles." Smoke was not a significant factor, "staying low and dispersing quickly". Tonight looks similar on the Kobau Clear Sky Chart, and the public forecast for nearby centres is for clear skies all week.

Latest Updates on the Richter Mountain Fire has moved to it's own page

Visit the following Link to see the Latest update on the Fire Mt Richter Fire MKSP Information

Mt. Kobau Star Party Staff

Announcement

This year the new moon occurs on the thursday night of the Star Party. Jupiter and Saturn are well placed for viewing from the mountain top, presenting themselves in the Southern Sky. Unfortunately Venus and Mars are to close to the Sun at this time. Mercury will be a morning object. The d Aquarid Meteor shower peaks on Sunday July 28th.

Please do join us on the mountain for the 36th 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.

Mt. Kobau Star Party Staff

Dear Mt. Kobau Star Party Supporter,

The time is rapidly approaching for Star Partiers, seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, to heed the call of the mountain and assemble on Mt. Kobau’s lofty peak. Time again to reacquaint with old friends, make new ones and enjoy uncluttered southern vistas.

Whether you participate in contests, tackle the observing challenges or just do your own thing you will be in good company at the Party on the Mountain. Join us on the mountain for the 36th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party. We’ll be there to welcome you with souvenir buttons, shirts, caps and the traditional Kobau hospitality. Plus, the prospect of some impromptu twilight talks. And not to worry – we’ll rent enough outhouses to serve when nature calls.

Please take the opportunity to pre-register for the 2019 event. By using the program, you will provide the organizers with some working capital and give us a better idea of how many of you will be attending the event. The pre-registration program is helpful, but not required. You can still register upon arrival.

We really do appreciate your continued interest in the Mt. Kobau Star Party. Please show your support by taking the time to complete the enclosed registration form and send it, along with your payment, to the address provided below.

Thanks!

Olaf Lutz, President, MKAS
Mt Kobau Astronomical Society

Introduction

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-colimate 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!

 

Recent Updates

The recent Fire on Mt. Kobau


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