Astronomy and Light Festival

Last night Clint and I went along to the Astronomy and Light Festival at Scienceworks hosted by The Mount Burnett Observatory and put up a display table for our Radio Astronomy Section in the Main Foyer. It was a great night with many visitors to our display. I love talking to people about Radio Astronomy and for those that could stay to hear my explanations on why we look at the sky at radio frequencies it was hopefully not too scientific.

From what I heard this first Astronomy and Light Festival (there'll be more) was a sellout and I could see by the number of people in the queues to different attractions that the event was popular. The volunteer staff at Scienceworks were really amazing and I wanted to give them a mention.

Rob Arrowsmith.

Comments (0) 22.08.2015. 22:22

Sky Quality

Our latest instrument to be deployed at the Observatory is a Sky Quality Meter. Over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of August we set up some software to poll the Sky Quality Meter once a minute and log the data to a CSV (comma separated variable) file.

Once per hour the 60 accumulated measurements are uploaded to our server. We have a graph on the All Sky Camera page showing the last two days of data.

Rob Arrowsmith

Comments (1) 11.08.2015. 00:48

Storage Container

Saturday the 4th of July saw Phil, Clint and myself at LMRO doing some preparation work for the new (very old) shipping container we have been gifted. Having spent many years at Narre Warren in Melbourne's south east as a home for a community radio station transmitter it is a little worse for wear but should get a new lease of life as a storage container for all our tools and spare bits and pieces.

We picked out a location up near the trees and started digging, digging, digging. We'd had a load of road-base and treated pine sleepers delivered and after a few adjustments had the sleepers levelled. We had about a half metre difference between top corner and bottom corner so we moved quite a bit of dirt.

We then backfilled with the road-base and spread the remainder out as a bit of a pathway. It could probably do with some compacting. Maybe on delivery day next weekend.

Rob Arrowsmith.

Comments (0) 05.07.2015. 00:27


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