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Observatory Closed Due to Fire Danger: 1/3/2019 - 2/3/2019

Dear MBO members,

although the forecast fire conditions for Friday and Saturday do not meet the criteria for MBO to automatically close (Severe Fire Weather or worse or Total FIre Ban) the MBO committee have observed the prolonged period of heat and the dry conditions in the area.

We are not confident it is safe to remain open and  so have declared the  observatory closed for Friday and Saturday 1st and 2nd of March. 


Mount Burnett Observatory Events

Mount Burnett Observatory has a number of different types of events:

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.


Mount Burnett Observatory is pleased to announce the revamp of our Friday Members and Visitors Night Schedule. From now on we will be working to a monthly schedule:

Sky for the Month (first Friday)

Perry Vlahos introduces the night sky for the month.

Learning Friday (second Friday)

A session focused on teaching different aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. Lead by Barry, Gordon and James.

Open Skies (third Friday)

An opportunity to meet other MBO members or hop straight into observing with our portable telescopes or even bring your own.

Visiting speaker (fourth Friday)

Subject to speaker availability, the fourth Friday of the month will focus on a talk by a visiting astronomer. If speakers are only available on other dates we will alter the calendar to fit them in.

Techno Friday (fifth Friday)

On months with five Fridays the fifth meeting will be devoted to the more technical aspects of astronomy. To be lead by Ken and Ray.