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Tuesday 29th April - Partial Solar Eclipse - Emerald, VIC

There is a partial eclipse of the Sun that will be visible from Melbourne on Tuesday 29th April and Mt Burnett Observatory will be outside the Emerald Community Centre on the main street of Emerald (opposite Mitre10) with equipment to view the eclipse safely between 4pm and 5:30pm.   Fingers crossed the weather will accomodate us!

REMEMBER: Never look at the sun without the correct protection - it will damage your eyes and can blind you.  Binoculars and telescopes should only be used to project images onto white card if you do not have proper solar filters.  Never try and look at the sun through them!


Birthday Celebration 25th January 2014

Mount Burnett Observatory are very excited to announce an Open Day and Birthday celebration to mark the second anniversary of our official opening.

The Observatory will be open to the public from 10am on Saturday the 25th of January with tours of the dome and activities for the children.

Festivities for members and guests commence at 6pm with a BBQ and the official welcome at 7pm. Our guest speaker is Professor Sarah Maddison of Swinburne University.

Members this is a fantastic opportunity to renew your membership for 2014.

Enquiries can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or James Murray on 0409703929. Book your places at the celebration here (you only need to fill in one form per group). There is no charge for the event however we are raising funds for repairs to the dome and cabin and any donations would be gratefully received.




Astro Fest 2013

Mount Burnett Observatory, in partnership with CAASTRO (the ARC Centre for Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics) and Scientists in Schools recently held our first Astrofest. Over two days 530 students from five local primary schools visited the telescope to be taught by some of Australia's brightest young astronomical talent (courtesy of Melbourne and Swinburne Universities), whilst in school activities happened for students at Emerald Secondary College.

Mount Burnett would like to particularly acknowledge the support and sponsorship of CAASTRO without whom the event would not have been possible and the volunteers who ensured the event was fun for everybody.