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Friday 26th July

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.


Friday 19th July

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.


Friday 12th July

Some of the most wonderful things to see in the sky are best placed now and this Friday night our President - Perry Vlahos, will take us on a tour of the July sky so that you may see them for yourself in his illustrated 'Sky for the Month' presentation. First he'll show you how to find them using the Starry Night software, and then in situ outside using a high powered laser pointer. Bring your binoculars, we'll supply the telescopes, and download, print and bring along a copy of the southern sky for July from the link below. Supper is provided and visitors are welcome. Members' Night is on every Friday 8pm.



Friday 5th July

This Fridays' Members' Night will see Barry Cleland running an interactive Q & A to try to answer some of the following deep questions:

  • What is a gaseous nebula and how are star formed. Give examples.
  • Open Star Clusters – What are they. Give examples.
  • Lives of Stars from birth to death and how this depends on the mass of the star at its birth.
  • Globular  Clusters – What are they. Give examples.
  • Galaxies – different types. Give examples.
  • Planets – different types. 
  • Habitable zones
  • Extrasolar planets

Following the Q & A there will be supper, and weather permitting, sky observing through our telescopes. Please consider the neighbours and drive in using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

Members' Night is on every Friday commencing at 8PM.  Visitors are always welcome.