The 33rd annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk July 30, 2016 and will end at dawn August 7, 2016
MOUNT KOBAU WELCOMES YOU
Update with new dates for 2016 Star Party
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Aftermath of the Fire
The Testalinden fire is still burning, everyone made it off the mountain safely, mosty due to the decision by the Star Party Organizers to self-evacuate before the road was blocked by the fire, which it was before the danger passed. No word yet on plans for next year. This site will be updated once this is knows. The dates for next year have been previously announced.
Star gazing adjourned early
The following was reported in the Oliver Daily News August 15th, 2015 (Saturday)
The Testalinden fire forced the abandonment of the Mount Kobau Star Party which was due to end Sunday morning, below is an email from the organisers of the event, the first time in 31 years that they have had to leave the mountain early.
“A fire broke out on Mt Kobau today at around 6 pm. It quickly became a rank 5 fire covering 450 hectares. We evacuated the top of the mountain and got everyone off safely. I’d like to thank everyone who were on the mountain for their quick response to evacuate, help each other to pack up and get down the mountain just in time.” Colleen
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!
Please support the following 2015 MKSP prize donors
|All Star Telescope||Didsbury,AB||100 Pens, Celestron Catalogues, 20 Celestron Frizbees, SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Camera Mount & Drive, Celestron Nexstar 4SE, Long Eye Relief 2mm lens, Long Eye Relief 9mm lens, Vintage Tool set|
|Canadian Telescopes||Burnaby,BC||umbrellas, Celestron 10X50 Binos, Celestron 8X40 Binos, 2 Celestron Lens pen & Celestron X-Cel LX Barlow|
|Celestron||Torrance, CA||NexImage 5 Solar System Imager|
|Kalmbach Publishing Co./Astronomy Magazine||Waukesha,WI||Pamphlets The Universe|
|H. R. MacMillan Space Centre||Vancouver, BC||Two Admission Passes|
|Sky and Telescope/Sky Publishing||Cambridge,MA||Binocular Highlights & Pocket Sky Atlas|
Sky & Telescope’s Earth Globe
|Antares Optical / Sky Instruments||Richmond, BC||8.5-12mm Antares eyepiece|
|Portal Rodeo Realty||Rodeo, NM||two shirts and two hats|
|Tele Vue||Chester, NY||32mm Plossl|