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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
  • MWA press Scienceworks
    Press meets MWA tile
  • MWA Classic FM Scienceworks
    MWA tile plays ABC Classic FM

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Observatory Closed Due to Fire Danger: 1/3/2019 - 2/3/2019

Dear MBO members,

although the forecast fire conditions for Friday and Saturday do not meet the criteria for MBO to automatically close (Severe Fire Weather or worse or Total FIre Ban) the MBO committee have observed the prolonged period of heat and the dry conditions in the area.

We are not confident it is safe to remain open and  so have declared the  observatory closed for Friday and Saturday 1st and 2nd of March. 

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March Young Observers postponed

Dear members,

there is a period of hot weather at hand with 38 forecast for Saturday. We are therefore postponing the Young Obervers session for one week. At this stage we dont know exactly what the fire weather will be but we would rather operate with an abundance of caution and give everybody time to make palns for the following Saturday.

Young Observer sessions are members nights. Unaccompanied members of the public are invited to join one of our Public Viewing Nights or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for other options.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only.


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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Friday 22nd February 2019 - David Campbell

8pm Friday February 2019 we have guest speaker David Campbell

David is a renowned Aurora chaser and photographer, On Friday night he will give a presentation describing the process that creates Aurora and the best times/places to observe it. He will also describe some of the challenges photographing the beautiful phenomena and show case some of his impressive work.


Friday nights are members nights. Members are welcome to bring guests with them. Unaccompanied members of the public are invited to join one of our Public Viewing Nights or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for other options.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only.


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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Friday 23rd January 2019 - Observatory Closed

Dear members and friends. Due to Severe Fire Danger the observatory will be closed this Friday the 23rd of January 2019.  We will however be open on Sunday for our annual Open Day. The Day runs from 10 am to 3pm and everybody is welcome.

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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Friday 11th January 2019 - James Murray

8pm Friday 11th January 2019 we have MBO president James Murray will present

"A vision for MBO". Come and have your say and contribute to the opening paragraph in the next chapter in MBO's excitig story.

Members' Night is on every Friday night. Guests of current members are welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received!


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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Friday 4th January 2019 - CANCELLED - TFB

The Country Fire Authority has declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the central region for Friday the 4th of January. MBO will be closed and the members night is cancelled. MBO's policy is to close on days of total fire ban or when the fire danger is rated severe or higher.

Friday is currently forecast to be 42C.  Stay cool & stay safe everyone.

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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!

Public viewings are booked via TryBooking here:

An Evening Under the Stars

Please note that these nights are very popular and book out quickly. We release dates approximately two months in advance so if you miss out please check this site regularly and put yourself on our Trybooking waiting list.

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.  You can also buy someone a visit to an MBO public viewing as a gift!

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.!

(Last updated 19th February 2019)


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only.

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.