The Mount Burnett Observatory will be taking our portable telescopes to the PAVE festival in Emerald on Saturday 12th April at Emerald Secondary College between 6pm and 7pm with Young Observers to follow at the Observatory from 7:30pm!
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.
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.
A training course to learn to use the Observatory’s 8-inch and 10-inch Dobsonian telescopes will be run in the very near future at the MBO. This course is now fully booked. If you would like to pre-register for the next course (scheduled for a few months time), please send me an e-mail to register your interest. More information will be sent back to you with date, time and other pertinent details. You do not need to have experience in handling these telescopes in order to do the course. Once you have completed the training, you will be awarded a certificate and then will be able to use the telescopes to show other MBO members and the public objects in the sky, and also for your own private use.
Training courses are only available to financial members of MBO