Last public viewing session for the year! If you are trying to think of something exciting to do in the days between Christmas and New Year, why not join us at Mt. Burnett Observatory on the 30th of December (that's a Tuesday) for one final look at the stars (for 2014)?
The session will start at 8:30pm with a bit of a chat and a cuppa and then we'll be out with the telescopes looking at the wonderful night sky!
Our first video on our new Youtube channel is available, it is a collection of scenes from our National Science Week 2014 event "Stars in the Yarra Ranges" held in conjunction with CAASTRO, the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics.
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.
We welcome new members to our association. Membership fees for 2014 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.
A membership form for 2014 can be downloaded here.
Our rules of association can be found here.
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.