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Friday 26th August 2016 - Indigenous Astronomy Night with Dr Duane Hamacher & Dr Matthew Whitehouse

We are very excited to announce that at 7pm on Friday 26th August we will have a free public event on Indigenous Astronomy at Emerald Secondary College. We do ask that you reserve your place via EventBrite to help us gauge numbers.

Mount Burnett Observatory and Emerald Secondary College are proud to host an evening of informative talks on Indigenous Astronomy. The evening will begin at 7:00 with the centrepiece being lectures by Dr Duane Hamacher of Monash University and Dr Matthew Whitehouse of the South Carolina State Museum

Dr. Duane Hamacher is an astronomer and Senior ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Centre. His research seeks to understand how Indigenous people developed and encoded scientific information in their Knowledge Systems. This involves developing methodologies for reconstructing damaged or fragmented astronomical knowledge, working closely with Aboriginal and Islander communities to document astronomical traditions, exploring the antiquity of oral tradition, and understanding the connections between sky, land, and sea.

Dr Matthew Whitehouse is an organist, composer, and astronomy educator in the U.S.  One of his major artistic interests is exploring connections between music and astronomy, an interest frequently reflected in his work as a composer and performer. Pleiades Visions (2012), his most recent organ work, is inspired by traditional music and mythology associated with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) star cluster.  Improvisation is another of Whitehouse’s specialties, and his organ recitals frequently include improvisations inspired by astronomical images.

We look forward to your company at Emerald Secondary College!


Saturday 18th June 2016 - Belgrave Lantern Parade

MBO will be participating in the Belgrave Lantern Parade on Saturday the 18th of June. We'll be there with telescopes and also be carrying some astronomical themed lanterns in the parade. The events start at 5.30 but the Belgrave main street will be closed from 5pm onwards.

We'll be located in the car park behind the Australia Post building in Belgrave and will be there from about 4pm.  Come early and join the activities, or book into one of the many cafes!  Please note - parking around Belgrave will be tricky - best options are parking at Tecoma shops and walking up, or parking on Benson St. near the Belgrave pool and walking up. If you want to get involved in any way, please contact Heike by e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message on our Facebook page.
Belgrave Lantern Parade website:

MBO Belgrave lantern parade


Saturday 23rd January 2016 - MBO Open Day & 4th Birthday

Saturday 23rd January 2016 will be our 5th annual open day and our 4th birthday party, starting at 12 noon and running through 11pm that night.   On the programme for the day we have:

  • 12 noon - 6pm: Guided tours of the Dome, radio telescope demonstration, solar telescope, short talks, interactive activities, and more!
  • 2pm - 6pm: swap meet of telescope parts and objects
  • 6pm - 8pm: Sausage Sizzle
  • 8pm - 9pm: Perry Vlahos will be talking about "How to get Started in Astronomy"
  • 9pm onwards: Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

Here is one of the fabulous photos from last year's Astrophotography workshop, shared by Ronald Fritz. While we can't guarantee such fabulous skies for our OPEN DAY, we can guarantee lots of wonderful people who are happy to share Mt. Burnett Observatory and all we do with you!

Ronald Fritz: MBO dome and sky

All donations are appreciated, with proceeds going towards the purchase of an additional dome.

Please note: for your safety MBO will be closed & the open day cancelled if the day is forecast to be a day of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire danger or a Total Fire Ban, please see the CFA website for that information.

Open Day websites 5th events


Friday 27th November 2015 - Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker Peter Lake

Dear member of Mount Burnett Observatory,

this is to provide notice of the society’s Annual General Meeting to be held on:

Friday the 27th of November at 7pm


Mount Burnett Observatory
420 Paternoster Road Mount Burnett

The meeting will be chaired by the Hon Brad Battin, MP for Gembrook. Following the meeting our special guest speaker will be our very own Peter Lake speaking on "Asteroids: The history, the process, and the recent pass by “Spooky Asteroid” 2015 TB145" (abstract below).

In accordance with rule 30 of our association rules the AGM must be held to

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM
  2. Receive the Committee’s report on the previous year’s activities
  3. Vote to accept the association financial statement for the club’s previous financial year (which ended June 30th 2015)
  4. Elect a new committee
  5. Confirm or vary the membership fee.

Committee reports will be made available to all members via email at least 48 hours before the meeting.

All members of the association are entitled to attend the meeting.

All members over the age of 15 are entitled to vote at the meeting.

Members over the age of 15 that cannot attend but wish to participate may appoint another MBO member to act as their proxy and vote on their behalf. Proxies must be appointed in writing (a proxy form is attached) and the form must be signed by the member appointing the proxy.
Proxy forms can either be handed in on the night to the secretary or emailed no later than 7pm Thursday the 26th of November.

Members are entitled to nominate for a position on the 2016 committee. Verbal nominations for committee positions will be accepted during the AGM. Committee positions to be filled are

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • A number of Ordinary Committee Members (as determined at the AGM)

For any further information regarding the AGM members are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone James Murray on 0409703929.

Peter Lake is an MBO member a Senior Customer Success Manager in the IT industry an Amateur Astronomer and gifted Tenor vocalist.

Asteroids: The history, the process, and the recent pass by “Spooky Asteroid” 2015 TB145

An entry level to advanced level look at the process of finding and tracking asteroids, how its done and why its important.  Covering the image capture methods, blinking and stacking techniques, from beginner to advanced methods and working closely with the Minor Planet Center.

Detailing the various programs, tools, and collaborations available to amateur astronomers, the session culminates with the speaker’s own images of Asteroid 2015 TB145 a 460m which was discovered by Panstarrs Survey only three weeks before a very close approach at 1.3 Lunar distances.