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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MKSP has come and went for another year, and its time to start planning for 2018

Hello Kobau Friends,

You will find the information for 2017 on the site for a little while longer as we prepare for 2018, The dates for next year are posted, Mark them on your calendar.


Announcement for 2017

2017’s Mt. Kobau Star Party is being held one month earlier than usual.  The reason, as you’ve likely already guessed, is the total eclipse of the sun which occurs at the August new moon – the time we traditionally hold MKSP.  The path of totality is just a day’s drive away for most of our regular attendees, and we believe it would be foolhardy to go head-to-head against such a rare event!  As a result, we’ve scheduled MKSP 2017 to run from July 22-30.

And, there’s more to the story.  We’ve decided to scale-back the star party on this one occasion.  The thinking is simply that a significant number of MKSP regulars may find it difficult to accommodate two big astronomical trips in one summer, and our attendance might suffer as a result.  Having had a couple of lean years recently, we’re sensitive to the thought that revenue might not offset our expenses, so we’re hedging our bet by reducing costs where we can.  Specifically, we’ve chosen not to hire speakers, run contests, solicit door prizes or produce a full-blown brochure.  (We even floated the idea of skipping a year entirely, but the Kobau faithful set us straight.  “We’ll be there!”, they told us…even if it’s just to scan the stars and shoot the breeze.)

That’s good to hear.  Please do join us on the mountain for the 34th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party.  We’ll be there to welcome you, with a slightly reduced registration price, 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.

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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