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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
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    MWA tile at Scienceworks
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    Press meets MWA tile
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Friday 24th November 2017 - New Dome Opening, AGM & Dr Chris Flynn on "Fast Radio Bursts"

Dear Member of Mount Burnett Observatory,

This is to provide notice of the society’s Annual General Meeting to be held on:

Friday the 24th of November at 7pm

at:

Mount Burnett Observatory
420 Paternoster Road Mount Burnett

The AGM will be the centrepiece of a fun evening. Events begin with a barbecue at 6pm. Following the meeting, Jason Wood, MP, member for La Trobe will officially open the new dome. At 8:30 our special guest speaker, Dr Chris Flynn, will be speaking on Fast Radio Bursts. Finally there will be tours of the new dome and viewing through our telescopes (weather permitting).

In accordance with rule 30 of our association rules the AGM must be held to:

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM.
  2. Receive the Committee’s report on the previous year’s activities.
  3. Vote to accept the association financial statement for the club’s previous financial year (which ended June 30th 2017).
  4. Elect a new committee.
  5. Confirm or vary the membership fee.

Committee reports will be made available to all members via email at least 48 hours before the meeting.
All members of the association are entitled to attend the meeting.

Members are eligible to vote if they are over the age of 15 and have been a member for more than 10 days by the time of the meeting.

Members eligible to vote that cannot attend but wish to participate may appoint another MBO member to act as their proxy and vote on their behalf. Proxies must be appointed in writing (a proxy form is attached) and the form must be signed by the member appointing the proxy. Proxy forms can either be handed in to the secretary or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 7pm Tuesday the 22nd of November.

Members eligible to vote and who are aged 18 or above are entitled to nominate for a position on the 2017 committee. Verbal nominations for committee positions will be accepted during the AGM or nominations may be submitted in writing in advance using the attached nomination form.

Committee positions to be filled at the AGM  are:

  • President.
  • Vice-President.
  • Secretary.
  • Treasurer.
  • A number of Ordinary Committee Members (as determined at the AGM)

For any further information regarding the AGM members are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone James Murray on 0409703929.

Kind Regards

Anthony Ferriere (secretary)
James Murray (president)
on behalf of the 2017 MBO committee

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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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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.

Current status: The dome itself is built and will be cabled next.  We still need to raise more funds to kit the dome out with a robotic telescope and related equipment!  Here's a video of the new dome roof being lifted into place on Sunday 21st May 2017.

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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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 and children over 5: $10

Children under 5: free

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.