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Mount Burnett Observatory

A community astronomical observatory in the Dandenong Ranges

  • Dome and scope
    Dome and 18" Telescope
  • Dome at night
    Dome at Night
  • Dome and LMC
    Dome at Night with LMC
  • Prep for AGM
    Dome and 10" Telescope
  • Prof S Maddison 2014
    Prof. Sarah Maddison (Swinburne)
  • Ronald Fritz dome and sky
    Dome and Milky Way by Ronald Fritz
  • mbo open day 1
    MBO Open Day 2014
  • 2014 BBQ
    Open Day BBQ 2014
  • BBQ
    Open Day BBQ 2015
  • MWA at Scienceworks
    MWA tile at Scienceworks
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    Press meets MWA tile
  • MWA Classic FM Scienceworks
    MWA tile plays ABC Classic FM

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Friday 27th April 2018 - Astronomy Open Mic

8pm this Friday 27th April we have one of our occasional "Astronomy Open Mic's"!  Come tell us what you know!

Black holes eating stars. The search for planet 9. Rockets launching, spacecraft crashing and high school students classifying stars. It is all happening out there in space (and down here too!) This Friday we will hold Open Mic Friday. So bring along your favourite astronomical news item to discuss with the members. Open Mic Friday is also a great opportunity to introduce your telescope or favourite piece of star-gazing equipment to other members. Maybe you have taken some great new photographs with it or perhaps you just cannot get a clear image. We want to hear it all.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Saturday 5th May 2018 - Young Observers

The next Young Observers meeting will be Saturday 5th May. Split times apply, so for the juniors (Novae) we will start at 6:30pm - 7:15pm (30 minute gap). The older juniors (Supernovae) will run from 7:45pm - 9pm.

Observing Jupiter
 
For our next Beginner’s Night we are going to take a look at observing Jupiter. Perhaps you think all there is to see is a couple of “lines” across it and some “stars” that are its moons? But there is so much more to the biggest planet in the solar system! Come along and learn why your sketches won’t look quite right if you use a circular template, what the names of the cloud features on Jupiter are (They have names? Yes, they do!), how to find the Great Red Spot, what’s happening to the Great Red Spot, why you can never have all four Galilean satellites lined up in order on the same side, and many more interesting facts and features that should make your 2018 Jovian observing season rich and rewarding.

Hope to see you there!
Jacquie and the Young Observers Team.

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Sunday 6th May 2018 - Radio Astronomy Group "Extra" Meeting

Hi radio astro folks,

Sunday 8th April we made good progress learning how to focus the 21cm dishes and were able to get one done by the time we had to finish early.  The next meeting will be the "extra" meeting at 10am Sunday 6th May.

If we have enough people we will work to finish focusing up the second dish and if not we will investigate oddities about the 21cm receiver. We can also do more work on the Radio Jove equipment, mostly working out how to do the predictions necessary for observing the various types of radio emission from Jupiter.

For more info or to ask questions please contact me at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the best,
Chris


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - World Record Stargazing at Emerald Secondary College

In August 2015 MBO participated in the successful World Record Stargazing event held at Emerald Secondary College, and just under 3 years later we're doing it again!

Join Mount Burnett Observatory at the Emerald Secondary College for an evening of fun and excitement as we try to break a Guinness World Record! This free community event will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox. A gold coin donation will be requested on entry to help the local community groups putting on this event.

You can find all the information about the event and register to attend at Eventbrite.

Hope to see you there!

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Deep Sky Observing for 2018

The Deep-Sky Programme is a special night of astronomical observing for anybody interested in our brilliant Cosmos. We encourage anyone and everyone to visit the observatory on a Saturday evening with us to experience the wonders of the universe through the eyes of a telescope. Astronomical objects such as distant galaxies, gargantuan globular clusters and exquisite nebulae are just a few items on our special lists. Session times are dynamic due to the universal position of the earth about our sun. Attendees are more than welcome to bring along a telescope of their own or use the Dobsonian telescopes Mount Burnett Observatory has to offer.

On every Deep-Sky night, the usual suspects unearth the great Borg Dobsonian telescope for everyone to conduct extraordinary viewing. Observing commences as soon as the night turns dark, allowing distant, faint objects to become accessible.

Complementary to the Deep-Sky Programme, we run Astrophotography sessions for those who want to capture an image of the objects they see. Perhaps objects such as the Great Orion Nebula, Omega Centauri, and the Sombrero Galaxy are inspirational selections for a new mantelpiece substitute. Astrophotography operates at different levels based upon requisite technologies and experience. However, do not be discouraged as even a mobile phone can capture the stunning essence of the Moon through a telescope.

Neil Creek, our maestro of Astrophotography, will be more than happy to provide examples or assistance with photographing the Cosmos. Neil can provide supplementary information on available equipment and software to enrich your photographic endeavours.

All dates scheduled are advertised on the official Mount Burnett Observatory website and the weekly e-mail.

If you would like more information, please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finally, inclement weather conditions may come unexpectedly around the time of a scheduled night. The Deep-Sky team will distribute an e-mail close to the date for information on the programme concerning the conditions of the weather and the time of commencement.

Lachlan Wiltshire and I look forward to seeing you join in on the grand experience with the Deep-Sky crew.

Remaining Dates (as advised so far):

  • Saturday 12th May (19th reserved)
  • Saturday 9th June

Important: We ask kindly that only red light is used whilst on the observing field and that vehicles are parked along the fence in the driveway,  facing north towards the exit.

Thank you all sincerely,
Braeden Borg
Deep-Sky Coordinator


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Public Viewings at MBO

Hey Astrofans!

Are you looking for an Astronomy Fix, or perhaps an idea for a special present for someone astro-minded? Look no further!

We have the following upcoming public viewings scheduled for 2017; due to high demand these are now booked via TryBooking so please click on the link below to book a place!

 

An Evening Under the Stars

Public Viewings are designed for members of the Public who would like to visit the Observatory to see what we do, who we are, and, with the help of our friendly Outreach team, do some viewing of the night sky through our telescopes.

Public Viewings cost $15 per adult, $10 concession and child over 5 (children under 5 free). All money raised goes towards maintenance and preservation of the Observatory.

Please note, if the weather is not good, if the fire danger forecast is severe or above, or a Total Fire Ban is declared, the sessions will be cancelled and you will be able to rebook for a later date. If you have any further questions, just ask by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


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

Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, and on days of Total Fire Ban. Please see the CFA website for that information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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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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