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About Us

Mount Burnett Observatory Inc. is a not-for-profit astronomical society based at Mount Burnett 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.

Our official statement of purpose is:

  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 in astronomy in order to cooperatively advance our knowledge.
  6. To pursue any other arrangements and activities conducive to the above purposes.

All members can contribute to the running of the association and have voting rights to make decisions on behalf of the association.

MBO Committee

The day-to-day running of the association is carried out by our Committee:

  • James Murray, President;
  • Sue McArthur, Vice President;
  • Anthony Ferriere, Secretary;
  • Bob Andrews, Treasurer;
  • Ken Beard, Curator;
  • Barry Cleland, Librarian;
  • Rhys Murray, Membership Secretary;
  • Perry Vlahos, Media Liaison;
  • Heike Reich;
  • Braedan Borg;
  • Lachlan Wiltshire
  • Ray Schmidt
  • Jacquie Milner
  • Stephanie Rowlands
  • Emma Grondman

Our Rules of Association are available for inspection from the Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  We are a not-for-profit association incorporated in the State of Victoria.

The Observatory is open for members every Friday night from 7:30pm. Visitors are welcome at no charge (however donations are gratefully accepted).

Mount Burnett Observatory Young Observers runs on the second Saturday of every month. These sessions are dedicated to promoting astronomy in the under eighteen age group.

 

 

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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.