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MBO "Seeing Stars" Astrophotography Exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

The exhibition Seeing Stars: Astrophotography from the Dandenong Ranges is now being presented in the Chambers Gallery of the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum from 29 October 2016 – 29 January 2017. The exhibition coincides with another exhibition on display at the Museum at the same time called Science on the Move from Questacon in Canberra.

The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is at 35-37 Castella St, Lilydale, and is open 7 days a week from 10am through to 4pm and entry is free.

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Volunteer for the "Deeper, Wider, Faster" astronomical survey!

The Deeper, Wider, Faster astronomical survey is currently running a campaign (based at the University of Melbourne but involving people from many institutes, including Swinburne) and they are looking for volunteers with an interest in astronomy to assist during working hours (they already have volunteers for other times) for days through to August 7th.

This survey is looking for transient phenomena using a number of ground and space based telescopes and the volunteers will be trained to evaluate incoming images that have been detected by supercomputers and flag real detections for further investigation.

You can give just an hour of your time, or as much as you are able to, and you'll be able to say you've worked on a real astronomical survey and if you're *really* *really* lucky you'll be able to say you played a part in a discovery.

There isn't a lot of public information about this survey but the recent CSIRO "Australian Telescope National Facility" Daily Astronomy Picture has a (more technical) description of the project here: http://www.atnf.csiro.au/ATNF-DailyImage/archive/2016/13-Jul-2016.html

To participate see your email and look for the message from Ray with the subject "Mt Burnett Observatory EXTRA", it has contact details for the person who is coordinating volunteer efforts.

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Crowdfunding the new MBO Dome & Telescope

This crowdfunding campaign is now complete, thank you so much for your support!  The new dome and telescope are operational with first light on the (then) manually steered telescope on 8th December 2017 and first guided usage a week later on Friday 15th December 2017!



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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.

Images must be in TIFF or JPEG format and should be at least 3MB in size. The files must also be named as directed on the entry form.

To participate members are asked to read the guidelines in the entry form, complete the form and submit it with up to 3 photographs on a USB to Mount Burnett Observatory at a Friday night “Members Night”.

Photographs must be submitted by Monday 8 August 2016.

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