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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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Friday 1st July 2016 - Dr Alice Gorman - Danger Will Robinson! The cultural heritage of space junk.

8pm this Friday, 1st July, we are lucky to have Dr Alice Gorman from Flinders University in South Australia coming to talk to us about "Danger Will Robinson!  The cultural heritage of space junk".

There’s no doubt that space junk in Earth orbit is a serious environmental problem.  But while we’re used to thinking of abandoned satellites and fragments as junk, there’s more to it than that.  On Earth, archaeologists look at what humans have left behind to answer questions about the past.  The same techniques can be applied to the present, and to the new archaeological record in space.  In this talk, Dr Alice Gorman asks what we can learn from investigating the cultural significance of orbital debris.


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members 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 up-to-date 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.

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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MBO members astrophotography wanted for Astrophotography Exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

The exhibition Seeing Stars: Astrophotography from the Dandenong Ranges will be presented in the Chambers Gallery of the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum from 29 October 2016 – 29 January 2017. The exhibition coincides with another exhibition that will be on display at the Museum at the same time called Science on the Move from Questacon in Canberra.  The museum has asked MBO for astrophotography from MBO members for use in this exhibition!

Photographs may include the following scenes;

  • Deep Sky

  • Wide Field

  • Nightscapes

  • Solar Systems

  • Animated Sequences (Scientific, Aesthetic)

The Museum would like to include a range skill levels, ages ( including juniors) and also a range of equipment used.

MBO members have until the 8th of August to participate. Further details will be available shortly but all members will be able to submit up to three photographs for inclusion in the exhibition. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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 upcoming public viewings scheduled for 2016; due to high demand these are now booked via Eventbrite so please click on the link to book a place!:

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.

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 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Previous public viewings in 2016 were:

  • 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 NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR MAY!
  • Thurs June 30th (Asteroid Day) NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR JUNE! CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER FORECAST! :-(

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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