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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


Saturday 21st January 2016 - MBO Open Day & 5th Birthday

Saturday 21st January 2017 will be our 6th annual open day and our 5th birthday party, starting at 12 noon and running through to 5pm for general public.  You can find us at

Come and check out MBO in the daytime! Astrophotography stall, swap meet, telescope clinic, kids activities! Entry is free - though any donations would be most welcome! :-)

While you are there, enter our raffle for some great prizes like this Saturn V rocket model.

Model kit of am Apollo Saturn V rocket

At 7:30pm we reopen to members & their guests for a special members night!

Come along for a BBQ and a surprise screening of a special astronomical featurette that stars one of our radio astronomy group’s prize possessions… the Murchison Widefield Array.  That and a mystery talk as well.  What more can you want?  I am glad you asked… because for all members who have rejoined since July 1st 2016 we have a wonderful 2017 astronomical calendar to give away.  You must pick it up from the Observatory though!  The calendars are courtesy of our partners in astronomy CAASTRO, the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in All Sky Astrophysics

CAASTRO calendar page for January

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.


Friday 25th November 2016 - Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker Neil Creek

Dear member of Mount Burnett Observatory,

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

Friday the 25th of November at 7pm


Mount Burnett Observatory
420 Paternoster Road Mount Burnett

Following the meeting our special guest speaker will be our very own Neil Creek speaking on "My Astrophotography Journey".

Astronomy has been a lifelong passion of mine, and photography for the last 15 years. With the digital revolution, bringing the two together was finally an easy matter. My talk will cover the many small steps and occasional giant leaps in my astrophotography journey, sharing wisdom and advice I have picked up along the way. Getting into astrophotography is easier than it has ever been, and you probably already own the gear to get started. I'll talk about giving it a try yourself and answer questions to help more stargazers get into this rewarding pursuit.

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 2016)
  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 on the night to the secretary or emailed no later than 7pm Thursday the 26th of November.

Members eligible to vote and who are aged 18 or above are entitled to nominate for a position on the 2016 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.