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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.


Saturday 10th September 2016 - Astronomy & Light at ScienceWorks!

MBO's Braeden at AstroFest 2015

Looking for something to do on a Saturday night? Come and join us from 6pm to 10pm on September the 10th at Scienceworks when we take Melbourne by storm in the Astronomy and Light Festival, brought to you in partnership by Scienceworks, Telescopes in Schools and good old Mount Burnett Observatory (amongst others!).

There will be a field full of telescopes, a laser maze, talks by astronomy experts from all walks of likes, activities for the children and much much more, read the Astronomy & Light Festival blog for details.

Tickets are available at:

MBO members should read their weekly emails for instructions on how to get discounted tickets.

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Friday 26th August 2016 - Indigenous Astronomy Night with Dr Duane Hamacher & Dr Matthew Whitehouse

We are very excited to announce that at 7pm on Friday 26th August we will have a free public event on Indigenous Astronomy at Emerald Secondary College. We do ask that you reserve your place via EventBrite to help us gauge numbers.

Mount Burnett Observatory and Emerald Secondary College are proud to host an evening of informative talks on Indigenous Astronomy. The evening will begin at 7:00 with the centrepiece being lectures by Dr Duane Hamacher of Monash University and Dr Matthew Whitehouse of the South Carolina State Museum

Dr. Duane Hamacher is an astronomer and Senior ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Centre. His research seeks to understand how Indigenous people developed and encoded scientific information in their Knowledge Systems. This involves developing methodologies for reconstructing damaged or fragmented astronomical knowledge, working closely with Aboriginal and Islander communities to document astronomical traditions, exploring the antiquity of oral tradition, and understanding the connections between sky, land, and sea.

Dr Matthew Whitehouse is an organist, composer, and astronomy educator in the U.S.  One of his major artistic interests is exploring connections between music and astronomy, an interest frequently reflected in his work as a composer and performer. Pleiades Visions (2012), his most recent organ work, is inspired by traditional music and mythology associated with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) star cluster.  Improvisation is another of Whitehouse’s specialties, and his organ recitals frequently include improvisations inspired by astronomical images.

We look forward to your company at Emerald Secondary College!