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.
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.
- Update (12/01/2023)
Our popular Public Stargazing nights are open for bookings.
Don’t know how to use your new (or old) telescope? Join us for Telescope Learning Day on Saturday, 25th February 2023.
Join us on Saturday 4th March 2023 for Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: A Musical Stargazing Trivia Soiree, brought to you by MPAS and the Southern Peninsula Concert Band.
Mt Martha Observatory is open to members.
Newsletter / monthly highlights / meeting videos
- February: Tips and tricks on offer during Telescope Learning DayNow is a good time to observe and admire the rich star fields of the Milky Way stretching across the southern skies. To scan these stars, you only need your eyes or a pair of binoculars. […]
- MPAS meeting January 2023Main talk: “The Discovery of Pulsars”, by Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, hosted at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Ontario, Canada.
- January: See the stars come out at The BriarsWhen observing the skies this month, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the constellation Dorado can be seen with […]
- Scorpius No. 1 (January/February) 2023Topics: Snake Valley Astro Camp; Peekaboo Galaxies; Binoculars.
- December: Many sights to delight on a summer nightIf you are observing the sky with binoculars, there is a great deal to see looking south this month. […]
- MPAS meeting November 2022Main talk: “How Sunlight Affects Our Bodies and Minds”, by Linda Geddes, hosted at the Royal Institution, London, with support from the University of the Third Age.
- Scorpius No. 6 (November/December) 2022Topics: Artemis I; Mercury’s sodium tail; iPhone compass; Ben’s astrophotography setup; create your own Hubble images; Rob’s journey to […]