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Friday 16th June 2017 - Beginner’s Night: Star Maps and Star Hopping

8pm Friday 21st April we have our next in our "Beginner’s Nights" series, aiming to help those who are new to astronomy and would like to learn more!

Whether you call them star charts or star maps, having at least one, if not two (or more!) of these items in your observing kit is a must. But which ones should you have? And how do you use them? Come along this Friday to find out, along with a brief history of uranography, and how to star hop your way to those “invisible” deep sky objects. Have you got-a go-to telescope and think you don’t need star maps? Well, you need them just as much as the Dobsonian owners! A talk for all observers of the sky.

Jacquie Milner

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 9th May 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 5 - The Clean Room. This episode describes how science, in particular the work of Clair Patterson (voiced in animated sequences by Richard Gere) in the middle of the 20th century, has been able to determine the age of the Earth.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 75 - Active Galaxies and Quasars.   The central regions of many galaxies go through an active, very luminous phase early in their development.  The most powerful of these active galaxies, called quasars, shine like beacons across billions of light years of space.

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 2nd June 2017 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 2nd June we have Perry Vlahos with us to give us his "Sky for the Month" tour!

The colder weather may be upon us, but it does give us some of the clearest nights for observing the Universe, and this Friday night Perry Vlahos will be telling us what to observe and how to go about it.  Scorpius and Sagittarius are now taking prime position and we've all heard they have some of the best objects for observation with amateur grade telescopes.  Find out which ones are really worth the trouble of chasing down and what you may expect to see.  Mighty Jupiter and the beautiful Saturn are also perfectly placed for us now and Perry will tell us what to look for when you line up your 'scope on them.  Always entertaining, easy to digest and full of interesting information, don't miss Perry's fully illustrated talk this Friday night.  It will be followed by a delicious free supper and viewing through MBO telescope.

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 26th May 2017 - Neil Creek - "Easy Astrophotography"

Friday 8pm we have Neil Creek, professional photographer and MBO member, running an "Easy Astrophotography" workshop for us.

Neil Creek presents the workshop he ran at this year's VASTROC on the basic concepts and challenges of astrophotography and how you can get started with basic equipment that most keen amateur photographers already own.  This week Neil will cover the first half of his talk, with the second half on processing astro photos to come to MBO in the near future.  Bring your camera and tripod and if it's a clear night Neil will give hands-on instruction under the stars after the talk.

Neil kindly videoed his talk and has made it available on YouTube (fixed link)!

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.