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Friday 18th November 2016 - Free Form Friday

This Friday will be a Free Form Friday, a time to bring our astro gear for show and tell or to request assistance, astro pictures (yours or others), discussion topics, news items, talks you've been to, etc.


Following the talks and supper there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting).

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Members and their 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 that information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 11th October 2016 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


Universe, Ep 3 - Planets.  Travel into deep space to follow the creation of planets and our efforts to conquer them.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 68 - Structure of The Milky Way Galaxy.  How do you map the structure of a galaxy when you live inside it?  Astronomers have used various clues to infer the spiral structure of the Milky Way, the orbital speed of its stars, and the existence of a supermassive black hole at its centre.

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 4th November 2016 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm this coming Friday 4th November 2016 we have Perry Vlahos to give us a round up of what to see in this Novembers nights sky - hopefully less clouds than the last few months!

November is an exciting month for stargazing and to start off the month, this Friday night we have Perry Vlahos giving a fully illustrated and entertaining presentation on the highlights. Find out if the Lion will roar this year and fill our skies with meteors...or not. This is the best month to spot Pegasus the flying horse, just in time for the spring racing festival, and with him Andromeda. Some say the Andromeda Galaxy is the largest in the sky, but how easy is it to see from our latitude? And what about the closest approach to earth by the moon for many years? Astronomers have always called it ‘perigee’ but some in the media and internet will call it a ‘super moon’ and say fantastic things will happen. Come and find out the truth...but will you be able to handle it?!


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.

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Friday 28th October 2016 - Lindsay Stodden - Radio Astronomy

8pm this Friday 28th October 2016 we have our Radio Astronomy Group leader Lindsay Stodden talking to us about:

An overview of Radio Astronomy, tracing its early days of discovery, through to modern day techniques. There will also be a brief discussion of the new RAG activities, and an opportunity for some Q&A. Come along and share in this exciting new area of activity for the MBO.


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.