MMS – 2nd Star BBQ 2006

The 2nd Melbourne Meade Scopes Star BBQ will be held at Mt Macedon at Stella Observatory courtesy of John Izzo. It’s a good chance to check out other people’s equipment and put a few names to faces.



Mt Macedon is approximately 60km North West of Melbourne.

*** All members are welcome including the ones that don’t own a Meade Telescope & Interstate Members ***

Dear MMS Members,

Well if your in Victoria and feel like a session under some country skies.. Then we have an astronomically good idea for you!

Feeling some dusty scope guilt? Then your cordially invited to a BBQ and Gotofest just up the Calder freeway at the lovely John Izzo’s place on the 28th of January!

Yes! Come and meet the Superstars of MMS……well, some blokes with tickets on themselves, as scopey guru’s and allround good fellas…eat food, sip wine, chat and wait for darkness to fall, whilst relaxing in the Zen like gardens of Mt Macedon’s Stella Observatory!:) (pat pend, copyright, all rights reserved, weather permitting, we blame the mountain, BYO)

We have numbers coming already, so you wont be alone with a tube in your hands, lets just have fun and sigh as our scopes whirr and beep in unison like deranged syncro swimmers…the more the better.

Interested? Simply send us a note telling us how wonderful it will be to escape the city for a night and drink John’s red red wine 🙂

Ok once again, its a Gotofest but feel free to just come and gawk and chat, it will be a very pleasant evening under the stars….(date may vary with weather)

Aussie Pete


Date: Sat 28th January 2006

Time: 2:00pm

Host: John Izzo, Stella Observatory

Organisers: Aussie Peter

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19th January 2006

Aussie Pete, OR John Izzo,


1. Onsite Camping on John Izzo’s property.

2. Black Forest Motel – Ph: 03 5426 1600. Single $60, Double $70, Twin $75


3:00pm – Setup Camp, Telescopes, Etc

5:00pm – BBQ

10:00pm – Observing

What to Bring:

Your Telescope, if possible.

Telescope Accessories and Extention Lead (if AC power is required).

BYO BBQ Food, Alcohol & Drink

Camping Equipment if Camping

Register Guests:

1. Aussie Pete, Melbourne Meade Scopes Yahoo Moderator, SBIG, 300D, DSI & LPI Imager.

2. John Izzo, Host, Stella Observatory.

3. Brad Moore, & SBIG DSO Imager.

4. Andrew Johansen, Autostar II & Meade LX200Gps GURU and author of Myscope.exe.


Bert! “Where has Aussie Pete hidden the SCP?”

Andrew and Brad

Andrew and Brad trying to fix Aussie Pete’s Scope!


In depth discuss about BBQing sausages!

Aussie Pete

Aussie Pete confused with upside down Tasco instructions!