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Mount Kobau Star Party

The Mount Kobau Star Party,  July 30 to  Aug 7, is in its 28th year and it is near-ish to you since it is about an hour North and West of Osoyoos, B.C. Many of the RASC Vancouver Centre members and other amateur astronomers visit this star party annually. Go to the  www.mksp.ca  site to learn more about this special annual event for serious observers and enthusiastic newcomers.

The MKSP site poetically explains the challenges and the rewards. Please be advised that you need to be prepared for a high altitude (1685 meters) remote location and need to respect the dark skies and the dark sky rules. The skies are beautiful and you’ll find astro-photographers and the best visual star hunters observing. No white lights or campfires are allowed. Please read the dark sky Etiquette link:  http://www.mksp.ca/pages/misc/etiquette.php .

 

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  • Howard T.

    Harvey, those are beautiful photos, flowers, people, scopes, and sky, including the Milky Way arcing to the south, and some nice wide-angle shots of M31!

    August 8, 2011

  • Harvey D.

    I wish I could have stayed the whole week. The alpine flowers were nearly as pretty as the skies this year. Some of my photos are up at https://picasaweb.google.com/harvey.dueck/2011MountKobauStarParty#

    August 8, 2011

  • Jimmy B.

    and apart from the great observing conditions, it was a really friendly and well run event. There were some great presentations on a variety of astronomical topics and the team of organizers have obviously put in a great deal of work to make it an event that runs smoothly. The Binocular tour on thursday night was the highlight! And finally, my follow attendees were amazing in their capacity to help with their vast knowledge, share equipment and generally make this event enjoyable in every way.

    August 8, 2011

  • Jimmy B.

    It was a fantastic week around. I was up there from Sunday to Sunday and we had pretty great weather, Clear skies every night (Wednesday was a little cloudy at first but cleared up after midnight). It was cool and a little windy some nights, but that helped keep the mosquitoes away:) Friday night saw a nice display of the Aurora Borealas in purples and green.

    August 8, 2011

  • Harvey D.

    Saturday and Sunday nights were pretty good, though it was very windy on Sunday. Monday night was fabulous: steady seeing and decent transparency ending with a spectacular shadow transit on Jupiter as dawn twilight rose up the eastern sky. Io's shadow passed right through the centre of the great red spot!

    August 2, 2011

  • David Van B.

    All in all, very good.
    A biting cold wind blew away the mosquitos, and the seeing was wobbly, but the transparency was remarkable.
    Friendly people!

    August 2, 2011

  • Sam

    Amazing dark skies, Milky way clear and expansive. Great people, and amazing stargazing.

    August 2, 2011

  • Harvey D.

    @DVB:There will be weather; that's the only thing you can say for sure. Forecasts have been nearly useless this year; the only thing to do is to go and hope it works out. I'm headed up tonight because the forecast looks OK and because I have to come back on Tuesday.
    @Sam: it should be dark between 11pm and 4am.

    July 28, 2011

  • David Van B.

    I'd planned to go up this weekend (July 30), but can't figure out what the weather is going to be like:

    Weathernetwork is saying clear Saturday, Mainly Sunny Sunday with 30% POP, but 40% POP showers on Monday. Environment Canada is saying mix of sun and cloudy Saturday, Cloudy with 30% POP on Sunday, Clear on Monday and Tuesday.

    I guess Clear Sky Chart will likely mirror the Environment Canada forecast.

    July 27, 2011

  • Howard M.

    Don forget Aldergove

    July 24, 2011

  • Howard M.

    I was a the first MKSP I had 10 in cave asrtla. I painted blue yellow and black just for fun!! And have been have fun ever since. Yo Know my story. I only got two or three time since . Even if all got is pair of binos , Its a great spot
    to learn with others . Good luck and clear skies to every going Howard Morgan

    July 21, 2011

  • Harvey D.

    MKSP is a great event, as much for the people you'll meet as for the deep sky wonders you can see. It's also a great opportunity to look through different telescopes and eyepieces, as most participants are delighted to show off their gear. Take it slow on the road going up: sharp stones on the road easily puncture tires if you're going too fast.

    July 21, 2011

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