OHP Spectro Star Party 2018

Every year, Association Aude and Shelyak Instruments organize the Spectro Star Party at the Observatoire de Haute Provence, in St Michel l’Observatoire, near Manosque in southern France.

This year, the event will take place from 13th to 18th July 2018.

This event is an opportunity to observe in exceptional conditions on a closed and privileged site: you will be able to set up your equipment on the ground and leave it in place for the following nights.

The spectro party begin in (UT)








Number of registered participants (Registrations are closed)


Observatoire de Haute Provence

OHP Spectro Star party 2018

04870 Saint-Michel-L’observatoire

(F) France

Location of the observatory in south of France

Beginners in spectroscopy are particularly welcome !

So much so that this year, we have decided to offer, within the Star Party, a training course for those of you that interest. It is a matter of accompanying the beginners in spectoscopy by an experienced observer, in small groups (5-7 people, according to the inscriptions), as well during the observations as for the data reduction.

If you wish to take advantage of this training course, please indicate it on your registration form (specifying the type of instrument you are interested in). We invite you to come without an instrument : you will work with your animator. On the other hand, take your laptop (if you have one).

Introductory sessions for beginners in Spectroscopy will be offered, as in previous years, with (if necessary) separate French and English sessions.

Conferences are offered in the afternoon, in French or English, on Astrophysics. Among the speakers, Steve Shore (astrophysicist) will make us once again the honor of his presence. The full program will be sent to you later.

The night is devoted to observing the sky, whether you are an amateur or a confirmed astronomer, with or without a telescope, you will have the opportunity to practice or to see how to practice the spectro.

Each year, the course brings together people from very different backgrounds (France, Switzerland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, but also regularly from far away (USA, Australia, China …) Exchanges are usually in French or In English, all in a great conviviality.

Of course, we are in France and we do not forget meals: breakfast for residents, lunches, afternoon snack, dinner and night snacks for observers and night birds.

You may not have time to do everything, because there is also a swimming pool on the site, hiking trails in the scrubland around the site, singing cicadas, some opportunity to take a nap … It will give an excuse to return the following year.

Hurry up ! Registrations are quickly completed.

The proposed rates are as follows :

  • Full board in single room : 468,00 €

  • Full board in 2-bed room : 389,00 €

  • Full board price with sleeping off site, version offered to good hikers because the site does not accept the cars at night (to avoid any light pollution) : 253.00 €

Thank you for filling in the form and replying by email. We will need to receive your payment by bank transfer for complete validation.

Time Lapse video : Ambience at spectro party (duration 4’37)