Island Star Party

22th Anniversary Island Star Party

Bright Angel Park, Cowichan Station

September 15th and 16th  

Lat 48° 44.0246’N Long 123 ° 40.5144′ W

Bright Angel Park Map

The following supporters of the 2017 Island Star Party are greatly appreciated:  See the list below and see our sponsors page.

                   Events Schedule

Schedule is subject to changes and will be posted at the star party



Friday, September 15th

• 7:24 PM Sunset
• 9:14 PM Astronomical Twilight
Saturday, September 16th

• 5:56 AM Sunrise
• 7:22 PM Sunset
• 9:11 PM Astronomical Twilight
• 2:33 AM Moonrise
Sunday, September 17th

• 3:44 AM Moonrise
• 5:57 AM Sunrise

Friday September 15th4:00 PM Star Party Opens
6:30 PMWelcoming
Brian Robilliard
7:00 PM Telescope Walk
7:30 PMGuest Speaker
Jacob Robilliard
8:00 PMGuest Speaker John Mc Donald
9:30 PM
(Or end of talk)
Astronomy 101 Sky Tour
9:30 PMObserving begins
Saturday September 16th
1 PM to 3 PMSolar Observing setup
running on main field.
3 PM to ?Group open mike
Come share your Solar Eclipse stories
5 PM BBQ Hamburger Dinner
(by donation)
6:00 PMTelescope Walk
6:30 PMWelcoming
Door Prizes and Draws
7:00 PM Guest Speakers
Gail Conway
Greg Arkos
9:30 PMAstronomy 101 Sky Tour
9:30 PMObserving begins
Sunday September 17th
8 AMClean up
10 AMField empty,

Please see the Star Party Presentations Page for more details.


  • Star Party is later this year so dress a little warmer.
  • Be ready for a longer night of excellent dark viewing.
  • The moon rises around 2:20 AM but is a small crescent and will not clear the trees until after 3:30 AM at the earliest (depending on your location on the field)
  • BBQ Hamburger Dinner Saturday at 5 pm
  • No  other food or water  available on site,  Nearest stores 10 minutes drive away
  • Throughout the day you can enjoy the parks facilities that include swimming, hiking, outdoor fitness park, and kid playground
  • Flush toilets on site
  • Historic Kinsol Trestle near by