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Monthly Calendar of Events

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

Sky for the Month (first Friday)

Our president 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.


Dobsonian Telescope Training Course

A training course to learn to use the Observatory’s 8-inch and 10-inch Dobsonian telescopes will be run in the very near future at the MBO. This course is now fully booked. If you would like to pre-register for the next course (scheduled for a few months time), please send me an e-mail to register your interest. More information will be sent back to you with date, time and other pertinent details. You do not need to have experience in handling these telescopes in order to do the course. Once you have completed the training, you will be awarded a certificate and then will be able to use the telescopes to show other MBO members and the public objects in the sky, and also for your own private use.

Training courses are only available to financial members of MBO

Perry Vlahos

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Science Week 2012

Mt Burnett Observatory in association with CAASTRO (the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics) is proud to present our first National Science Week event.
Each night from Monday 13th August to Friday 17th August there will be a talk by a visiting astrophysicist. Talks begin at 6:30 pm and run for an hour, to be followed by light refreshments and tours of the telescope facilities. Entry is free but places are filling fast so book early to secure your place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phoning James on 0409703929.

Monday 13th August: Professor Warrick Couch (Swinburne)
"ELTs: the next generation of very large optical/infrared telescopes"
Tuesday 14th August: Stefan Oslowski (Swinburne)
"Pulsars - clocks in space"
Wednesday 15th August: Dr David Lagattuta (Swinburne)
"Holding up a (gravitational) lens to the Universe"
Thursday 16th August: Dr Edward Taylor (University of Melbourne)
"The cosmic perspective"
Friday 17th August: Professor Stuart Wyithe (University of Melbourne)
"The first galaxies"

Transit of Venus

Members of Mount Burnett Observatory, Emerald U3A and Yarra Ranges U3A will be gathering at Emerald U3A, 402 Main Street (Belgrave-Gembrook Rd), Emerald at 8AM on Wednesday 6th June with telescopes set up for solar viewing/projection.  Come along to join in.  For further details on joining in or helping contact Ray Schmidt on 0419 516 560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The transit begins at 8:16 AM and finishes 2:45PM, and a sausage sizzle will run most of that time.

Sun, Moon and Planets

Moon Phase


Melbourne Weather

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Mostly cloudy
Humidity: 62%
Wind: NNW at 19.31 km/h
Monday 13°C / 22°C Mostly cloudy
Tuesday 9°C / 18°C Showers
Wednesday 10°C / 19°C Partly cloudy