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Mount Burnett Observatory

A community astronomical observatory in the Dandenong Ranges

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    Dome and 18" Telescope
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    Dome at Night
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    Dome at Night with LMC
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    Dome and 10" Telescope
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    Prof. Sarah Maddison (Swinburne)
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    Dome and Milky Way by Ronald Fritz
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    MBO Open Day 2014
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    Open Day BBQ 2014
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    Open Day BBQ 2015
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    MWA tile at Scienceworks
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    Press meets MWA tile
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Friday 9th December 2016 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we will be having two different science videos for your enjoyment and education:


Universe, Ep 4 - Alien Life – The search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Are we alone? And if we are not alone, we might end up wishing we were.


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 69 - Other Galaxies - "Island Universes".   The discovery of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way was one of the great scientific detective stories of the early 20th century.  Astronomers now know that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies, spanning billions of light years of space.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the 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.


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.

Alien Life – The search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Are we alone? And if we are not alone, we might end up wishing we were
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MBO "Seeing Stars" Astrophotography Exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

The exhibition Seeing Stars: Astrophotography from the Dandenong Ranges is now being presented in the Chambers Gallery of the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum from 29 October 2016 – 29 January 2017. The exhibition coincides with another exhibition on display at the Museum at the same time called Science on the Move from Questacon in Canberra.

The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is at 35-37 Castella St, Lilydale, and is open 7 days a week from 10am through to 4pm and entry is free.

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Crowdfunding the new MBO Dome & Telescope

The Mount Burnett Observatory is fundraising for a new dome and telescope, and as part of that we are running a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe!  Please do try and help us out.

SO WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?

Mount Burnett Astronomical Society wants to install a Sirius 3.5 dome and telescope.

With the success of the observatory we are finding that our facilities are no longer capable of matching public demand. The original 18 inch telescope which was installed in the 1970’s was never designed for large numbers of the viewing public. It is accessed by a narrow, steep stair which restricts people with mobility issues. There is no wheelchair access. The telescope itself was not designed to be used as a viewing telescope, and to actually look through the lens can involve perching precariously at the top of a ladder. Use of the telescope is limited by the nature of the design of the scope and a lack of computerisation. A new Go-To telescope will allow the citizen scientists of Mount Burnett and our partner schools to once more do research on the mountain.

A NEW DOME?

The Sirius 3.5 dome is a ground-floor-access, computerised dome that would improve our ability to meet public demand, provide greater accessibility and develop our astrophotography capability. The Go-To telescope will be suitable for advanced viewing projects.

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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 2016; due to high demand these are now booked via Eventbrite so please click on the link to book a place!

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 $5 per child (12 years and under). All money raised goes towards maintenance and preservation of the Observatory.

Please note, if the weather is not good or if the fire danger forecast is severe or above, 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, 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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Visiting the Observatory

Visitors are most welcome at MBO. Individuals and families wanting to look through our telescopes can join in one of our Public Viewing Nights. These run approximately once a month subject to the weather. They are very popular and must be pre-booked. To enquire about the next available date or to book please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Mount Burnett Observatory hotline on 0490 665 004.

Costs are:

Adults: $15

Concession: $10

Children 12 years and under: $5

Mount Burnett also welcomes visits by schools, scouting and community groups. We have a program that can 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.

The observatory is also available for private booking.

To enquire about a visit please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Mount Burnett Observatory hotline on 0490 665 004.