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Radio Astronomy Group - call for expressions of interest from members!

For a while a few of us have been talking about how we could return radio astronomy to MBO after its brief debut under Monash to record the impact of comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 into Jupiter in July 1994. Coincidentally, those of you who were at the MBO Open Day will know, we've been gifted a prototype "tile" of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope via the good offices of CAASTRO and Curtin University in WA which has the possibility of being returned to a functioning state.

MWA

So I'd like to hear from MBO members who are interested in working on this and other radio astronomy projects through a Radio Astronomy Group at MBO!

The idea is to be pretty ad-hoc whilst we work out what we have (and don't have) as part of the MWA tile and gather information on how it is meant to function.
 
If you are interested please email me, Chris Samuel, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo round up of MBO Open Day 2015

On Saturday 24th January 2015 it was a pleasure to welcome new members and old to Mount Burnett for our third birthday party and annual open day. There was a huge turnout of over 170 visitors with over 40 joined on the spot. Even the weather was kind and the viewing that night was fantastic.

We would like to thank all those members who worked so hard on the day. It was hard work but everybody enjoyed themselves. Sue, Heike, Ken, Barry, Angela, Chris S, Glen, Bob, Perry, Dianne, Braeden, Lachlan and dad, Jeff, Rhys, Stephanie and David, and everybody who shared their telescopes and time in the evening. Thank you!

Here is a roundup of photographs from the day and there are more on our Facebook photo page!

 MWA radio telescope tile demonstration Peter starry shirt Evening observing

Kids inside cabin Binocular winner

BBQ Perrys talk

Wooden telescope Early viewing with dobs

 

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Welcome

Welcome to Mount Burnett Observatory inc. We are an astronomical society based at Mount Burnett Observatory, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The Observatory was originally built in 1972 by Monash University. In 2011 the site was formally taken over by our organisation and it now has a new life as a community observatory. Our aim is to preserve the facility and to use it to promote astronomy and science to the communities in the Dandenongs.

The Observatory for members and guests every Friday from 7:30pm. Our Young Observers group meet on Saturday evenings once a month.

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Membership

We welcome new members to our association.  Membership helps keep the Mount Burnett Observatory running by contributing towards our lease, maintenance costs, infrastructure, electricity bills, etc.

Membership fees for 2015 calendar year are $50 for an adult, and $25 for a junior or spouse membership. Under 12s are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all events.  Benefits include members nights (every Friday night from 8pm at the telescope) and invitations to periodic events run by the Observatory.


 Like to join? It's easy!

  • Fill in the editable PDF Membership Application form and save to your desktop,
  • Do an online bank transfer to:
    • BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
    • Account No: 143733558
  • Forward the Membership Application form with payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Post a hard copy with your signature to: MBO Membership Secretary, PO Box 718, Emerald, Vic 3782

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  • you can print out the Membership Application form, complete it, scan and send with payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Come along to a meeting, pick up a form, fill it out and pay the membership fee.

 If you are an existing member who is renewing, or if you wish to donate to MBO, you can:

  • Do an online bank transfer to:
    • BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
    • Account No: 143733558
  • Forward your payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Come along to a meeting and pay the membership fee.

Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on joining, renewing or donating.

Our rules of association can be found here.

Members of the association are entitled to view Mount Burnett's financial statements. They are available on request (via email) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Your group visiting the telescope

Mount Burnett welcomes visits by schools, scouting and community groups. We have a program that caters for all ages (from Joeys and primary school children to Venturers and VCE students). Sessions take advantage of our portable telescopes for an "eyes-on" view of the sky as well as a host of indoor activities.   Programs are tailored to VELS and badges according to group.

Even if the sky is cloudy our visitors go away with stars in their eyes!

The observatory is also available for individuals to book for a guided tour of the night sky.

To enquire about a visit please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone James Murray on 0409703929.

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