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Presidents Message: MBO "Young Prime" Science Prize at Emerald Secondary College

Dear Mount Burnettavistas,

I am very pleased to write about a plan that has come to fruition. About six months ago one of our newest members donated a sum of money to fund a science prize at one of the local schools. So this week my colleague Heike will be presenting the first “Young Prime” award to an Emerald Secondary student. Thank you Mia Cobb for funding this prize and for having the confidence that MBO would look after the request.

The science prize is an example of how MBO is having an impact in our community. We have been building our connection with Emerald Secondary College for some time now. But there are other schools, and other community groups. If you have an idea (no matter how crazy) and you would like to see us run something in or for your school then please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we promise to follow it up.

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Christmas Hamper Raffle 2015

At last nights AGM the 2015 Christmas Hamper Raffle was announced by Marilyn, this year in support of our new dome project.

Tickets are just $2 each for a chance to win this great hamper, and you can get them directly from Marilyn at Members Nights every Friday.

Donations can also be made directly, see the project announcement for more details.

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Last call for votes for IAU NameExoWorlds competition

The International Astronomical Union voting for their NameExoWorlds competition that MBO is participating in will be closing this weekend (MBO solicited suggestions for entries from members of the public as part of National Science Week 2014).

In June Mount Burnett Observatory selected the names "Ezu" and "Heroicos" from those suggestions as its submission to the competition for the star xi Aquilae and its exoplanet xi Aquilae b, and you can vote for them here.

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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: