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

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Friday 23rd February 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Space Weather: Part 1- the Solar Cycle

8pm Friday 23rd February we have our own Jacquie Milner giving a beginners talk introduction called "Space Weather: Part 1- the Solar Cycle".

Our second attempt to get Beginner’s Nights kicked off for 2018 will be to take a look at the Sun and its cyclical activity. Besides sunshine it spits other types of electromagnetic energy at us at times, some benign and some more troublesome. Down here on the surface of the Earth, protected by the atmosphere and the Earth’s magnetic field, we don’t notice it so much, but if we are to become a spacefaring race this kind of knowledge becomes much more vital. Come along and learn about the solar cycle, sun spots, coronal holes, solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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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Sunday 25th February 2018 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

Dear radio astro fans,

On Sunday 11th February we had a good mornings work on the 21cm neutral hydrogen line receiver and dishes, narrowing down the intermittent noisy fault on the 'B' channel of the receiver and making progress on how to focus the dishes using a signal generator.   We also started discussing how we might motorise the dishes, and looked for existing surveys of the sky at 21cm to find a good location to point them at for a static "drift" survey in the meantime.

We aim to have an impromptu second meeting in February at 10am on Sunday 25th February to spend an hour or two trying to resolve this intermittent crackle on the receiver now we've got a good idea of what is wrong.

If you'd like to get involved with these sorts of things, or have other ideas, then please either come along to the next meeting the 25th or contact me by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the best!
Chris


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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Deep Sky Observing for 2018

The Deep-Sky Programme is a special night of astronomical observing for anybody interested in our brilliant Cosmos. We encourage anyone and everyone to visit the observatory on a Saturday evening with us to experience the wonders of the universe through the eyes of a telescope. Astronomical objects such as distant galaxies, gargantuan globular clusters and exquisite nebulae are just a few items on our special lists. Session times are dynamic due to the universal position of the earth about our sun. Attendees are more than welcome to bring along a telescope of their own or use the Dobsonian telescopes Mount Burnett Observatory has to offer.

On every Deep-Sky night, the usual suspects unearth the great Borg Dobsonian telescope for everyone to conduct extraordinary viewing. Observing commences as soon as the night turns dark, allowing distant, faint objects to become accessible.

Complementary to the Deep-Sky Programme, we run Astrophotography sessions for those who want to capture an image of the objects they see. Perhaps objects such as the Great Orion Nebula, Omega Centauri, and the Sombrero Galaxy are inspirational selections for a new mantelpiece substitute. Astrophotography operates at different levels based upon requisite technologies and experience. However, do not be discouraged as even a mobile phone can capture the stunning essence of the Moon through a telescope.

Neil Creek, our maestro of Astrophotography, will be more than happy to provide examples or assistance with photographing the Cosmos. Neil can provide supplementary information on available equipment and software to enrich your photographic endeavours.

All dates scheduled are advertised on the official Mount Burnett Observatory website and the weekly e-mail.

If you would like more information, please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finally, inclement weather conditions may come unexpectedly around the time of a scheduled night. The Deep-Sky team will distribute an e-mail close to the date for information on the programme concerning the conditions of the weather and the time of commencement.

Lachlan Wiltshire and I look forward to seeing you join in on the grand experience with the Deep-Sky crew.

Current Dates:

  • Saturday 17th February
  • Saturday 17th March
  • Saturday 14th April (21st reserved)

Important: We ask kindly that only red light is used whilst on the observing field and that vehicles are parked along the fence in the driveway,  facing north towards the exit.

Thank you all sincerely,
Braeden Borg
Deep-Sky Coordinator


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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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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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.