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 helps keep the Mount Burnett Observatory running by contributing towards our lease, maintenance costs, infrastructure, electricity bills, etc.
Membership fees are currently $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 MBO), invitations to periodic events run by the Observatory & the opportunity to participate in our science outreach activities.
Like to join? It's easy!
New members only - please fill out a form:
- Use our online form to apply for membership!
New and renewing members - pay your membership dues:
You can pay in a number of ways:
- Pay via Paypal:
- Do an online bank transfer to:
- BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
- Account No: 143733558
- Come along to a members night meeting and pay the membership fee there.
Our rules of association can be found here.
Children 12 years and under: $5
Mount Burnett also welcomes visits by schools, scouting and community groups. We have a program that can 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.
The observatory is also available for private booking.