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Friday 31st July 2015 - Chris Samuel - Pluto Photos

8pm Friday we have MBO member Chris Samuel showing images from Pluto.

A few weeks ago MBO celebrated the flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, but there were no images to see as it was busy doing its science mission. Now the first images have returned we'll have a look over what we can now see of this newly revealed system.

Following the talk 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.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Presidents Message: An important message about the car park

Dear Mount Burnettichi
 
Winter is not just coming, it has arrived in its full splendour. At Mount Burnett that means cold nights and lots of rain. Rain means boggy car parking. This makes it a good time to discuss access to MBO.
 
If the gate is closed then MBO is closed.
 
For the sake of safety ONLY COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND OUTREACH TEAM LEADERS are permitted to open the gate. During the winter months we want to check the state of the car park before members and visitors arrive. Bollards and tape will be put up around boggy areas so please leave them in place should you see them. If you arrive early for a session please be patient and wait at the gate.
 
Those of you who have been members from the beginning will remember how rapidly the car park deteriorated that first winter, leading to closure of Mount Burnett for several weeks. Rather than repeat that occurrence we ask everybody’s patience and assistance.
 
Yours in wellies,
James

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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

Mostly cloudy

9°C

Melbourne

Mostly cloudy
Humidity: 82%
Wind: N at 14.48 km/h
Thursday 6°C / 12°C SP_WEATHER_PM_SHOWERS_WIND
Friday 8°C / 14°C Mostly sunny
Saturday 7°C / 12°C AM showers