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Friday 19th December 2014 - National Science Week Video - "Indigenous astronomy of Melbourne and Victoria"

Friday at 8pm Lindsay will show another video of the talks from our National Science Week 2014 events for those who may have missed the talks.

This week will be the video of Dr Duane Hamacher's talk on the Indigenous astronomy of Melbourne and Victoria.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting). If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.

Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

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Sunday 21st December 2014 - Working Bee

We will be having a working bee at MBO at 10am on Sunday 21st December starting at 10am.

Details yet to be announced but there'll be plenty to do, especially with the fire season upon us.

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Tuesday 30th December - Public Viewing Night

Last public viewing session for the year! If you are trying to think of something exciting to do in the days between Christmas and New Year, why not join us at Mt. Burnett Observatory on the 30th of December (that's a Tuesday) for one final look at the stars (for 2014)?

The session will start at 8:30pm with a bit of a chat and a cuppa and then we'll be out with the telescopes looking at the wonderful night sky!

All welcome - but please let us know if you plan to come by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can have enough demonstrators on hand for you all to get up close and personal with the telescopes! Cost will be ten dollars per adult and five dollars per child.

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Welcome

Welcome to Mount Burnett Observatory inc. We are an astronomical society based at Mount Burnett Observatory, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The Observatory was originally built in 1972 by Monash University. In 2011 the site was formally taken over by our organisation and it now has a new life as a community observatory. Our aim is to preserve the facility and to use it to promote astronomy and science to the communities in the Dandenongs.

The Observatory for members and guests every Friday from 7:30pm. Our Young Observers group meet on Saturday evenings once a month.

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Membership

We welcome new members to our association. Membership fees for 2014 calendar year are $50 for an adult, and $25 for a junior or spouse membership. Under 12s are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all events.  Benefits include members nights (every Friday night from 8pm at the telescope) and invitations to periodic events run by the Observatory.

Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on joining.

A membership form for 2014 can be downloaded here.

Our rules of association can be found here.

Members of the association are entitled to view Mount Burnett's financial statements. They are available on request (via email) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Your group visiting the telescope

Mount Burnett welcomes visits by schools, scouting and community groups. We have a program that caters for all ages (from Joeys and primary school children to Venturers and VCE students). Sessions take advantage of our portable telescopes for an "eyes-on" view of the sky as well as a host of indoor activities.   Programs are tailored to VELS and badges according to group.

Even if the sky is cloudy our visitors go away with stars in their eyes!

The observatory is also available for individuals to book for a guided tour of the night sky.

To enquire about a visit please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone James Murray on 0409703929.

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