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9pm Saturday 25th April 2015 - Deep Sky Observing

NOTE: RESCHEDULED TO 25th APRIL DUE TO POOR WEATHER FORECAST!

If you have equipment to set up we advise arriving before 7pm

Are you interested in brilliant Galaxies, gargantuan super Clusters and gorgeous Nebulae? Then please join myself and the infamously clever Lachlan Wiltshire for a monthly night of Deep-Sky Observing! Each night will run late when the sky turns black, allowing every dedicated astronomer to perceive the vastly expansive universe in a constructive, cooperative environment. Every astronomer - no matter what their prior skill level may be - is greatly encouraged to come down to the Mount Burnett Observatory for a night of enjoyment and education. If you are interested, please e-mail or SMS your name and mobile number (For immediate contact details as planned nights are prone to change) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (0449 769 666)

Remember, dates may change as the weather (as antagonistic as it can be) can alter affecting the possibility of the desired night. Hence why contact details are necessary for such rapid changes. Lastly, do not hesitate to bring along your own telescope! We love seeing new people interested in Astronomy and all of its wonders, so make us two happy men and come for the grand experience ...

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.

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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 for 2015 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.


 Like to join? It's easy!

  • Fill in the editable PDF Membership Application form and save to your desktop,
  • Do an online bank transfer to:
    • BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
    • Account No: 143733558
  • Forward the Membership Application form with payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Post a hard copy with your signature to: MBO Membership Secretary, PO Box 718, Emerald, Vic 3782

OR:

  • you can print out the Membership Application form, complete it, scan and send with payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR:

  • Come along to a meeting, pick up a form, fill it out and pay the membership fee.

 If you are an existing member who is renewing, or if you wish to donate to MBO, you can:

  • 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.

OR

  • Come along to a meeting and pay the membership fee.

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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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.

Sun, Moon and Planets

Moon Phase

CURRENT MOON

Melbourne Weather

Partly cloudy

9°C

Melbourne

Partly cloudy
Humidity: 76%
Wind: SSW at 12.87 km/h
Monday 7°C / 17°C Partly cloudy
Tuesday 8°C / 18°C Mostly cloudy
Wednesday 11°C / 19°C Partly cloudy