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Friday 22nd May 2015 - Andrew Langendam on Meteorites, Stefan Dieters on MBO!

8pm this Friday, MBO is in stereo again as we are fortunate in having two (YES, TWO) guest speakers.
 
First will be Andrew Langendam, telling us everything we need to know, and a lot more besides, about meteorites.
 
The second speaker is Stefan Dieters, from Tasmania, who was an Honours student in the early days of MBO, who will regale us with tales about . . . . . . . . . . (guess what). :-)

Following the talks 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.

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MBO hosts AIPP Astrophotography Workshop

On Sunday 17th May MBO played host to the Victorian branch of Australian Institute of Professional Photographers event "Starry Starry Night (Shooting Stars) with Andrew Campbell".

"AIPP VIC: Starry Starry Night (Shooting Stars) with Andrew Campbell"

Here is the group photo that was posted to the AIPP VIC Facebook page:

AIPP Starry Starry night. Whoop Whoop!!! Having a ffffabulous time fabulous people "shooting stars" in the cold night time sky. — with Adrian Sozio, Andrew Campbell, Simon Walters, Craig Wetjen, Jade Wisely and Mandarine Montgomery at Mount Burnett Observatory.

With 30 people attending the event sold out and it seems people enjoyed it!

We are lucky enough to have been sent the below photographs taken by Ronald Fritz who was there for the night.

MBO with Milky way in background

 MBO dome with Mily Way in background

MBO dome with Milky Way in background

 MBO dome with star trails

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Presidents Message: MBO and the community

Dear friends of Mount Burnett,

This week I would like to take you back to the inaugural meeting of our association. On the 11th of July 2011 Perry, Barry, Ray, Ken and myself met at Elevations in Emerald to form Mount Burnett Observatory. That was the easy part. More difficult was to decide on a statement of purpose for the association. After several coffees, and the odd hot chocolate here is what we came up with:

  1. To preserve the Mount Burnett Observatory for the benefit of the Society's members and the community.
  2. To educate the public in the science of Astronomy, disseminate astronomical knowledge, and encourage the observation of the Universe.
  3. To provide facilities to support members of the Society in the practice and study of Astronomy, including astronomical research.
  4. To collaborate actively with other institutions and groups, to the benefit of the Society's activities.
  5. To bring into closer association persons and institutions engaged inastronomy in order to cooperatively advance our knowledge.
  6. To pursue any other arrangements and activities conducive to the above purposes.

I think we have done pretty well on all those fronts! As we have discovered, particularly this year after being advertised in Cardinia Connect, there is an enormous demand for our services. Our Outreach group will be flat out this month with Public Viewings and sessions for schools, scout troops and guiding groups. Young Observers is going from strength to strength and Friday nights have never been more popular.

Mount Burnett Observatory now fills a very important role in the community as a focus for learning science. Prior to our formation nobody suspected there was a need for a body such as ours. Now nobody would dream of us not being here. On Friday I will be speaking to 150 children from Berwick Fields Primary School. I will be sure to tell them of the amazing things we have achieved together at MBO.

Yours in lithobraking,
James

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A visit to Bright Astronomy Club

Recently one of our outreach team, Sue McArthur, visited the Bright Astronomy Club in northeastern Victoria. Here is her report:

Last week I visited Bright Astronomy Club. They are a small club of around 15 members, but are very active in the community. They hold a monthly observing night at Porepunkah Airport, and the public are welcome. A sandwich board is placed in the main street of Bright giving the public information about the viewing. They also run sessions for one of the caravan parks in school holidays and sessions for Parks Victoria over January. With an outreach team of three, they are kept very busy. The club has 2 telescopes, an 8” Dobs and a 4” refractor. The guys at the club are very welcoming. Below is a photo of the “outreach” team. From left to right: Zachary (President}, Rob (Secretary), and Sean (Treasurer).

 Bright Outreach

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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.

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