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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.

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Friday 6th June - Sky For The Month

Ever seen the Butterfly Cluster?  How about the Hamburger Galaxy? Or what about the 'celestial eye-test' and 'hockey stick'?  At this week's Members' Night, Perry Vlahos will take you on a journey through these spectacular objects during his monthly "Sky for the Month" presentation.  He'll tell you what they are as well as how you may track them down in the sky for yourself.  Despite the cooler weather of early winter, some of the best celestial sights in the heavens are placed to advantage at thius time, so rug up well and join us this Friday night at Mt Burnett Observatory.

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 30th Mary 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture

This Friday at 8pm we have another Alex Filippenko lecture entitled "Pluto and its Cousins".   Discovered in 1930, Pluto was long considered a planet.  However, the detection of more and more objects in the same region strongly suggests that it is a member of a reservoir of comet-like bodies in the Kuiper belt.

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.