Welcome to MPAS

Welcome to MPAS

MPAS is a volunteer-run Astronomical Society, located at Mt Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. It was founded in 1969 to foster the study of all aspects of Astronomy, Space and general Science by volunteers and to promote these to the public.

You can visit us at one of our popular public stargazing nights, where you can learn more about the Universe and take a look through our telescopes at the planets, the Moon and the stars.

We hold a monthly general meeting for the exchange of ideas and information. For decades the Society has provided “Astronomy on the Move” educational presentations, including observing nights for schools and community groups exclusively in the Peninsula and surrounding areas, as well as special exhibitions in the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Museum.

View of Mt Martha Observatory

Mt Martha Observatory is the Society’s registered astronomical observatory at The Briars Historic Park. It is used to further the Society’s educational, research, innovation and recreational capabilities. Historically this was the first registered amateur observatory in Australia and is one of a network of registered global monitoring stations of night sky light pollution. The Observatory is registered with the Astronomical Society of Australia. We acknowledge the land, water, and sky under which we meet are of the Bunurong and Boon Wurrung peoples and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Upcoming Events

Musical Stargazing Trivia Night

Live music from the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band, sausage sizzle, raffles, trivia quiz and stargazing!

Saturday 17th February 2024, 6:00pm at Mount Martha Observatory.

For more details and tickets click here.

Gippsland Star Party

Mark your calendars and join forces with fellow enthusiasts as we embark on this celestial journey. Brought to you by the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, Latrobe Valley Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Victoria, this promises to be the first of many unforgettable annual gatherings.

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March 2024 at the Stockmans Camp, Buchan.

For more details and tickets click here.

Telescope Learning Day

A much anticipated event for 2024! Come to Mt Martha Observatory on Saturday, 23 March and learn from scratch about how telescopes work, how best to use them and what to point them at!

Saturday 23rd March 2024 at Mount Martha Observatory.

For more details and tickets click here.

Our popular Public Stargazing nights are also open for bookings. You can now also purchase Gift Certificates for these events!

Bookings for stargazing for schools and scouts & guides are also always welcome.

Mt Martha Observatory is open to members.

Newsletter / monthly highlights / meeting videos

  • Flame Nebula – Photo by MPAS member Steven Mohr

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society
Mt Martha Observatory
The Briars, Mt Martha, Victoria

Email: welcome@mpas.asn.au

Postal address
450 Nepean Hwy,
Mt Martha VIC 3934