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Friday 14th July 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we have two different science videos for our regular members night:


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 6 - The Sisters of the Sun. This episode provides an overview of the composition of stars, and their fate in billions of years. Tyson describes how early man would identify stars via the use of constellations that tied in with various myths and beliefs, such as the Pleiades. Tyson describes the work of Edward Charles Pickering to capture the spectra of multiple stars simultaneously, and the work of the Harvard Computers or "Pickerings Harem", a team of women researchers under Pickering's mentorship, to catalogue the spectra.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 76 - Cosmic Powerhouses of the Distant Past.   The high luminosity of quasars puzzled astronomers in the 1960s. How could these peculiar, star-like objects be so bright and yet so far away? Only a few light years across, they are in fact even more powerful than entire galaxies..

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 sharp (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 7th July 2017 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 7th July we have Perry Vlahos with us to give us his "Sky for the Month" tour!

Brrr, it's cold! But things are really hotting up above. The Milky Way is beaming overhead. Arcturus, Regulus, Spica and Antares are lighting up the sky. On the rise are Vega, Altair and Deneb. Jupiter and Saturn are at their best for this year. It's cold, but it's the time of year when the skies are at their most transparent. Come along this Friday night to find out how to best observe these magnificent beacons of the sky when Perry Vlahos delivers another informative and entertaining presentation in his "Sky for the Month" talk.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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 30th June 2017 - Neil Creek - "Easy Astrophotography"

Friday 8pm we have Neil Creek, professional photographer and MBO member, running the second part of his "Easy Astrophotography" workshop for us.

Following up from his Easy Astrophotography talk a few weeks ago, Neil talks about the next step: Processing your photos. Every photo can benefit from a bit of post-work, but astrophotos in particular can really shine. Neil will demonstrate his post-processing techniques live, using Adobe software, starting with single-shot night landscapes and moving up to stacking multiple exposures.


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 23rd June 2017 - Free Form Friday

This Friday will be one of our occasional Free Form Fridat nights, with a member's show & tell (bring your gear, astronomy photos or videos to show it off), and preparation for the Belgrave Lantern Parade along with socialising/discussion.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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.