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Friday 11th July 2014 - Sky For The Month

NOTE: Our new entrance is up and running.  It is now at 420 Paternoster Road (our official address).  We have yet to put up a permanent sign and letter box, but they are not too far away.  Turn into the driveway for #418 (clearly signed), immediately veer left and follow the new track to the end, swing left past the Dome and park as usual. Note that the track is still "fresh" and should be driven on gently.

July is the perfect time to go window shopping for a new tiara...of the celestial type - there's two of them in the sky! Small constellations they may be, but their delicate beauty is profound and this month is a great time to be spotting Corona Australis and Corona Borealis - the southern and northern crowns. Perry Vlahos will be guiding you through the July sky this Friday, showing you how to find these beautiful coscic jewels with your own eyes. All this plus many other interesting objects will be pointed out in a guided tour of the July sky by an expert. Make sure you don't miss it.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

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Friday 4th July 2014 - Clint Jeffrey on "Radio Astronomy within the Astronomical Society of Victoria"

NOTE: Our new entrance is up and running.  It is now at 420 Paternoster Road (our official address).  We have yet to put up a permanent sign and letter box, but they are not too far away.  Turn into the driveway for #418 (clearly signed), immediately veer left and follow the new track to the end, swing left past the Dome and park as usual. Note that the track is still "fresh" and should be driven on gently.

This Friday, we have as guest speaker, Clint Jeffrey, the ASV Radio Astronomy Section Director.  His talk will be "A Presentation on Radio Astronomy within the Astronomical Society of Victoria".  Clint’s talk will cover a brief tour of the pioneers of Radio Astronomy seguing into his first involvement with the Radio Astronomy Section of the ASV.

Topics he will cover are:

  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy impact with Jupiter and Mt Burnett (1994)
  • The 4.6 meter Dish project (1995 to 2000)
  • Radio Jupiter playing some sound recordings.
  • Setting up at Heathcote (ASV’s Dark Sky Site) (2008)
  • Locating a large Dish Antenna
  • Experiments and some results thus far.
  • Future Projects. And a mention of ASV Radio on 3541 KHz and VK3RTV2 TV Digital repeater on Friday nights.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

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Friday 27th June 2014 - Peter Nelson on "An Introduction to Variable Stars and Novae and how to observe them visually"

IMPORTANT: Advice from the driveway contractor is that the new driveway for MBO will be ready for this Friday's meeting. The plan is that it will be inspected late Friday afternoon and if ok, the MBO sign will be placed at the new turnoff (about 200 metres closer to Emerald).  Once the turn-off is made, turn immediately left and then right through the fence and follow the new track to park in the usual places. If the driveway is not ready or safe, the MBO sign will then be in the usual place at #430, and parking will be along the dam wall.

This Friday, we have as guest speaker, Peter Nelson, the ASV Variable Star and Nova Search Section Director.  His talk will be "An Introduction to Variable Stars and Novae and how to observe them visually".  Also, he will discuss CCD photometry. This talk should be particularly interesting to MBO as variable star observing was one of the main functions of our observatory during the Monash years.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

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Friday 13th June 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "Comets - Gorgeous Primordial Snowballs"

Friday 8pm we will have the next in our series of Understanding the Universe, an Introduction to Astronomy lectures by Alex Filipenko.  This lecture will be number 35 in the series and is entitled "Comets - Gorgeous Primordial Snowballs".   Comets are "dirty snowballs" from beyond the orbit of Neptune.  As the approach the Sun, they begin to evaporate and produce gaseous tails.  In 2005, a space probe impacted comet Tempel 1, revealing the nature of its interior.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.