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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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Friday 29th April 2016 - Share Your Vision for MBO

For our members night at 8pm on Friday 29th April we ask you, the members, to share your vision for MBO. Our president, James Murray, writes:

Dear Mount Burnetteers

This week we are asking for you to share your vision for our club. On Friday I will be hosting a discussion on the theme but I am also keen to gather thoughts and ideas from those that cannot make the night. So put your thinking caps on and put fingertips to keyboard and drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and answer these questions (all or just the ones that interest you)

  • This is how I imagine Mount Burnett in two years time / five years time / ten years time.
  • This is what I like about MBO
  • This what I dislike about MBO

These are really open ended questions but I would like to see the full range of answers, particularly from those of you who participate in the Deep Sky and Young Observers programs.

Finally I would like to thank Karlie from the Shire of Yarra Ranges Museum who came to speak on the exhibition of MBO photographs she will be curating in October. What a fabulous opportunity for our members. For more info on this please email Roslyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

yours in celestial mechanics
James


Following the discussions and supper there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting).

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Members and their 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 that information.

For weather information please see the MBO meteogram on Cloud Free Night.

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Public Viewings for 2016

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 public viewings scheduled for 2016:

  • Tuesday January 12th, 2016
  • Tuesday February 16th Monday 22nd February (changed due to poor weather forecast for 16th)  Cancelled due to poor weather forecast for 22nd.
  • Tuesday March 22nd (moved from Wednesday March 23rd due to poor weather forecast)
  • Tuesday April 12th (Yuri Gagarin night) - NOW FULLY BOOKED!
  • Tuesday May 31st
  • Thurs June 30th (Asteroid Day)
  • Thursday July 14th
  • Tuesday August 9th
  • Thursday September 8th
  • Tuesday October 11th
  • Tuesday November 8th
  • Tuesday December 6th

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.

If you are interested in either of these dates please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, and include your preferred date, the number of places required and a contact phone number. We expect the sessions to fill up very quickly.

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!


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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Presidents Message: A new project for a new dome!

Dear Mount Burnetterongs,

This week we are embarking on what will be our most exciting and ambitious project since our launch four years ago. We are planning on building a new dome! For some time now it has been clear that the “chook shed”, home of our second permanently mounted telescope, is not fit for purpose. When there are more than just a very few people around the low rails in the chook shed can become a hazard. Our goal is to replace the chook shed and the telescope inside with a modern dome and Go-To telescope suitable for advanced viewing projects.

I am calling on all members who can support the project to let me know via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are looking particularly for anybody with experience laying concrete, and any licensed electricians to advise us on requirements. We are also looking for fundraising support.

A new dome and telescope will greatly expand the range of astronomical projects we can tackle at MBO, and also provide a more accessible and safe place for members and guests to view the skies. So if you would like to be part of this exciting journey let me know. More details will follow over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Donations in support of the new dome can be made by direct bank transfer (EFT) to

  • Account name: Mount Burnett Observatory
  • BSB:633000
  • Acct no: 143733558

Upcoming fund raising activities:

Previous fund raising activities:

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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 helps keep the Mount Burnett Observatory running by contributing towards our lease, maintenance costs, infrastructure, electricity bills, etc.

Membership fees are currently $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 MBO), invitations to periodic events run by the Observatory & the opportunity to participate in our science outreach activities.


 Like to join? It's easy!

New members only - please fill out a form:

New and renewing members - pay your membership dues:

You can pay in a number of ways:

  • Pay via Paypal:
Membership Type
 
Children under 12

 

  • Do an online bank transfer to:
    • BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
    • Account No: 143733558
    • Forward your payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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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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 130 153.

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 130 153.