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

  • Update (22/10/2021)

    Now that the lockdown in Victoria has ended, Mt Martha Observatory will be open again to members and, in a little while, also to the public.

    We will offer public stargazing again from January 2022 (bookings will be available soon). In the meantime, stay up to date by following us on Facebook!

    The observatory will be open to members on certain dates, and subject to current restrictions. We will keep members up to date via the email list and members Facebook page.

    Please contact us if you have any questions.

Newsletter / monthly highlights / meeting videos

  • October: Settle in for Orionid meteor show
    After wonderfully rich views during winter, our October night skies look rather empty – with the exception of the […]
  • MPAS Meeting September 2021
    Main talk: “The Physics of Black Holes” by Prof. Chris Impey, Observational Cosmologist from the University of Arizona, courtesy of the Royal Institution, London.
  • September provides a feast for the eyes
    Be sure to enjoy the rich regions of Scorpius and Ophiuchus this month before they sink below the western […]
  • Scorpius No. 5 (September/October) 2021
    Topics: Chinese Space Station, Photographing Planets, Building a Rich Field Telescope, Binocular Chairs, Polar scope upgrades, Mike Oldfield.
  • MPAS Meeting August 2021
    Main talk: “Shooting Stars As Part Of The Natural Environment”, by MPAS member Trevor Hand.
  • August: Meteors star in Science Week talk
    In the August skies you can find Sagittarius, the Archer, lying almost overhead; to its southwest lies Scorpius, the […]
  • MPAS Meeting July 2021
    Main talk: “What Is Life?”, by Emeritus Prof. Sir Paul Nurse, video courtesy of the Royal Institution
  • M16, the Eagle Nebula, includes the stunning Pillars of Creation and Stellar Spire. Photo by MPAS member Nick Axaris

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

Mobile: 0419 253 252
Email: welcome@mpas.asn.au

Postal address
P.O. Box 596
Frankston, Victoria, 3199