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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.


7:30pm Saturday 21st November 2015 - MBO Quiz Night

On Saturday 21st November (7:30pm) come along to MBO and pit your wits against the boffins. Test your astronomy smarts. Can you name all the moon's of Saturn? Can you tell your dilithium crystals from your Sith lords? See who has really been paying attention at MBO nights!

This is a quiz for all astronomy enthusiasts, but you don't have to have an astronomical knowledge of astronomy to have a chance at the prize. There are sections on science fiction, music, comets, etc; Something for every level of astronomer, expert or amateur, adult or child.

Remember, this is a fund raiser for the Sirius dome purchase that will provide all MBO members with some fantastic new equipment, so please show your support and come along.

Tickets are $12 and must be purchased before the event to allow for seating arrangements to be made.

Numbers are limited because of the size of the MBO so get in quick to ensure your seat.

Tickets can be purchased on Friday Members nights, by contacting Marilyn on 0452 566 994, or payments and donations can be made by direct bank transfer (EFT) to

Mount Burnett Observatory
Acct no: 143733558


Friday 16th October 2015 - Prof Leonie Walsh - Lead Scientist for Victoria

On Friday 16th October we are very honoured to have Victoria's Lead Scientist, Professor Leonie Walsh as our guest speaker. Find out about the future of Science and Engineering in this state, not to mention where STEM education could take you!

The event will take place at Emerald Secondary College (in the EPAC building) and will be open to the Public.

Yes, there will be coffee and munchies, and yes, if the sky is clear, there will be viewing afterwards!

Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Who is the Lead Scientist?

Photo of Prof Leonie WalshLeonie Walsh was appointed as the inaugural Lead Scientist in 2013. Leonie has accumulated more than 25 years of technology leadership experience. Leonie is Victoria's representative on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and a member of the Science and Engineering advisory committee for the Environmental Protection Authority.

Leonie was recently appointed to the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council. The role of the council is to provide strategic advice to the Minister for Industry on opportunities to promote growth in the state.

Complementary to her Lead Scientist responsibilities Leonie recently transitioned to the role of Immediate Past President of the Australasian Industrial Research group, where she had been the honorary President since 2011. In addition, Leonie is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University (HonDUni) for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.


Friday 21st August 2015 - World Record Stargazing at Emerald Secondary College

We are taking part in a world record stargazing attempt this coming Friday the 21st of August by running a participating event at Emerald Secondary College (in place of our regular members night).

Here is all you need to know to participate!

Pre-Registration (required to be counted as a stargazer)

To help with counting (and to ensure you will count) you need to register beforehand via Eventbrite. The event is free!

Registration link:

Arriving (before 7:30pm)

Please park in the ESC Carpark and meet for the viewing in front of the EPAC (Emerald Performing Arts Centre) building.

Guest Speaker (7:30pm-8:15pm)

To get proceedings underway we will be having Associate Professor Virginia Kilborn from Swinburne University to talk to us in EPAC from 7:30pm through to 8:15pm.

World Record Stargazing Signing-in and Setup (8:15pm to 8:30pm)

You will be guided from EPAC to the viewing area by stewards.

Please be there by 8:15 pm to sign in (and pick up telescopes if required).

World Record Stargazing Time (8:30pm-8:40pm)

  • Everyone must have their own instrument.  It can be either a telescope or binoculars.  There is no restriction on size or ownership (i.e. you can borrow one). We do have a limited number of free small souvenir telescopes for those that register first.

  • Everyone must be observing simultaneous for a minimum of 10 minutes. Please note this does not mean looking through a telescope the whole time but looking towards the sky.We will accordingly plan on the official time from 8:30 pm - 8:40 pm AEST

  • A loud start and finish signal recognised by all participants will be used. Two experienced timekeepers will time the attempt with stopwatches accurate to 0.01 seconds.

Site Requirements

  • We must have a minimum of 25 participants.  Sites with people less than that will not be counted. In the event of a huge turnout people will be allocated to groups of 50.
  • The event must take place in public places or in venues open to public inspection and take place in restricted areas with entrances and exits clearly marked and controlled.

Attendance and Documentation

  • Specific measures will be in place to ensure participants are not counted twice.

  • For every 50 participants there must be one designated steward (i.e. person counting)

  • Stewards must not come from MBO or Emerald Secondary College. Parents are acceptable (just not teachers or other officials).

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