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Friday 24th November 2017 - New Dome Opening, AGM & Neil Creek on "Astrophotography Through a Telescope"

Dear Member of Mount Burnett Observatory,

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

Friday the 24th of November at 7pm


Mount Burnett Observatory
420 Paternoster Road Mount Burnett

The AGM will be the centrepiece of a fun evening. Events begin with a barbecue at 6pm. Following the meeting, Jason Wood, MP, member for La Trobe will officially open the new dome. At 8:30 our own guest speaker, Neil Creek, will be speaking on "Astrophotography Through a Telescope". Finally there will be tours of the new dome and viewing through our telescopes (weather permitting).

  • 6:00PM BBQ
  • 7:00PM Annual General Meeting
  • 8:00PM Official Opening of new dome/telescope
  • 8:30PM Guest speaker, Neil Creek - Astrophotography Through a Telescope
  • 9:30PM Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

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 2017).
  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.

Members are eligible to vote if they are over the age of 15 and have been a member for more than 10 days by the time of the meeting.

Members eligible to vote 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 to the secretary or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 7pm Tuesday the 22nd of November.

Members eligible to vote and who are aged 18 or above are entitled to nominate for a position on the 2017 committee. Verbal nominations for committee positions will be accepted during the AGM or nominations may be submitted in writing in advance using the attached nomination form.

Committee positions to be filled at the AGM  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.

Kind Regards

Anthony Ferriere (secretary)
James Murray (president)
on behalf of the 2017 MBO committee


Friday 27th October 2017 - Prof. Jeff Cooke - Gravitational Waves, Cosmic Cataclysm and an Astronomical Gold Rush

Friday 27th October at Emerald Secondary College we are incredibly lucky to have Professor Jeff Cooke from Swinburne University of Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) coming to do a free public talk for us at Emerald Secondary College about the recent groundbreaking discovery of both gravitational waves and electromagnetic counterpart from a single event, the merging of two neutron stars.

Scientists have detected a cataclysimic star collision using both gravitational waves and light.  The discovery is being hailed as a new dawn for astronomy.  Thousands of astronomers were involved, using more than 70 telescopes around (and above) the world.  The discovery confirms theories about the speed of light, how gold is created and the origins of gamma ray bursts.

IMPORTANT: The event is at Emerald Secondary College, 425 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald VIC 3782 and we will be meeting at 7:30pm for an 8pm start!

Jeff Cooke flyer


Friday 18th August 2017 - "Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period: Copan Ruinas, Honduras" - Dr Javier Mejuto

At 7pm Friday 18th August MBO in conjunction with Emerald Secondary College presents a free National Science Week event with guest speaker Dr Javier Mejuto, Professor of Cultural Astronomy at the National Autonomous University in Honduras, on "Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period: Copan Ruinas, Honduras".

Dr Javier Mejuto photo portraitThe Mayan Classic period (250 CE- 900CE) is recognized the height of the arts, architecture and urbanism for the Maya, particularly in terms of astronomical knowledge. Observations of the celestial landscape arise in sculptures, buildings, calendars, numbering, writings and all Mayan cultural expressions. This talk will explore the site known as Copan Ruinas - a crucible of outstanding architecture and symbolic language that shows the role of time and cosmos in the religion, rituals, and social ends of the Maya people.

Come and join us on Friday August 18th from 6.30pm at EPAC, Emerald Secondary College, as Culture, Astronomy, History, Maths and Archaeology combine for this fascinating FREE talk. Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk begins at 7.30pm sharp.  Emerald Secondary College are planning a BBQ to raise funds for their astronomy club beforehand and (weather permitting) MBO will have telescopes on hand for night sky viewing afterwards.



Saturday 24th June 2017 - MBO at Belgrave Lantern Parade

Hello everyone,

Another year has flown by and the Belgrave Lantern Parade fast approaches. We had a great time there last year running telescopes and joining in the parade with our Solar System Lanterns.

This year we are on again and would like to invite you to join us. We need people to carry our lanterns (and you are welcome to bring your own) and we also need some keen people to run the telescopes so that we can show the members of the public the wonders of the night sky and promote our Observatory.

The Parade is on Saturday the 24th of June. It normally starts around 5pm although if you are helping you will need to get there a bit earlier. It does not end too late - usually around 9pm, but there are opportunities to stay later. The cafes around Belgrave will be open, so you may want to come early and stop somewhere for a hot chocolate first. For more info contact Heike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jacquie at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will give you tips on parking, transport, helping and anything. Parking in particular gets a bit crazy so do ask us for advice. Those of you who were there last year will know how much fun this event is.

This event is great for all ages and we need all ages to help out.

Heike Reich