Monash Dome History

  • The mount dates back the late 1940s.
  • The telescope was bought by Monash University from the deceased estate of Mr. L. Jeffree in Bendigo in 1968 and the staff and students modified it to take a spectrograph. It was installed here in 1972.
  • It was originally a 16 inch mirror in a wooden tube. The wooden tube was unable to handle the weight of the spectrograph and other instruments, so Monash University decided to upgrade.
  • The 18 inch mirror was installed in 1984.
  • Was last used scientific research by Monash University in 2004.
  • MBO Inc. took on the repairs, upkeep and maintenance of the facilities in 2011.

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