This week, Ken Beard and Barry Cleland will be giving a talk and presentation on John Dobson. He is most notable for being the promoter of a design for a large, portable low-cost Newtonian telescope that bears his name. and for his avid promotion of "Sidewalk Astronomy", the bringing of astronomy "to the people".
MBO have a number of these telescopes, and after the talk and supper (weather permitting), we will use them to observe the heavens.
This Friday James Murray will give a talk entitled "New Horizons" that summarises an eventful week in astronomy. A massive new radio telescope has been launched, radio bursts from the edge of the universe discovered, and a mission to Pluto has been in contact with Tidbinbilla. If that is not enough Neptune has a new moon.
The talk will be followed by supper and observing.
Every Friday night is members night at Mount Burnett. Proceedings start at 8pm. Visitors are always welcome.