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Friday 3rd February 2017 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm this Friday 3rd Feb we have our own Perry Vlahos giving us his round up of what to see in the February sky:

This coming Friday for Members' Night we have Perry Vlahos giving us his take on what's to be seen in the skies of February. Perry's talks never get complicated and are big on audience interaction. He'll cover naked eye sights, binoculars and telescopic views of the best objects for each at this time of year. There's three crosses in the south, along with some impressive naked eye constellations and clusters during February, as well as two naked eye nebulae to be seen (three if you've got really good eyes!). There's also a couple of minor meteor showers in the balmy skies of late summer plus some stunning double, triple and quadruple stars for small telescopes. There's an informal free supper following the talk and observing through the telescopes of MBO. All are Welcome. Kick off time is 8pm. See you there.

If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 27th January 2017 - Astronomical Calendar Friday

This Friday is Calendar Friday. CAASTRO have provided us with fancy new calendars and every member will get one.  There will be an interactive discussion where you can pick your favourite astronomical date (they are all listed) and explain why.... alternatively you can bring your own dates for discussion.

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If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 13th January 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we will be having one, perhaps two different, science videos for your enjoyment and education:


As we have now finished our Universe series narrated by John Hurt this first session will be a brief look at our extensive range of video material to decide what series "we" want next (popular demand).


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 70 - The Dark Side of Matter.   Until a few decades ago, astronomers thought  that galaxies were composed primarily of stars.  There is now strong evidence that most of the mass of galaxies may be invisible dark matter.  Clusters of galaxies are also dominated by dark matter.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the telescopes (weather permitting).


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 6th January 2017 - "What's In The Stars for 2017" with Perry Vlahos

8pm this Friday night we have Perry Vlahos giving a talk on "What's In The Stars for 2017" followed by supper and observing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting).

No, no...this is not an 'astrology' presentation on what your love-life, finances and work-life will be all about this year, but rather what are the standout events to look out for in the sky astronomically in 2017. Perry Vlahos will speak on which meteor showers will be worth getting up for, any eclipses to look forward to, comets coming our way, and the best times to observe the planets. Don't miss this entertaining and fully illustrated presentation so that you can prepare your astronomical activities for 2017.


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.