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BMO has won for the second time the 2018 Shoemaker NEO grant.

It is used to acquire a 20 inch Hyperbolic Newtonian Astrograph from Hubble Optics

A contribution by Hubble Optics has allowed the upgrade of this instrument to a 24" HNA.
Thank you Planetary Society and Hubble Optics for your generous contribution.
Blue Mountains Observatory in its push for expansion has looked towards the West of the Blue mountains range west of Sydney
The future plan was to continue expanding to the west until we reach West Australia. The network of observing station will make possible the probability of good weather at any time during an observing session.
In the world of Minor Planet Photometry, continuous uninterupted observation is the gold standard in good light curve acquisition. When a predicted NEO asteroid come for a close approach to Earth, the opportunity to observe that asteroid is possibly only happen in a few days before it traverses very quickly towards the northen sky. While it is visible in the southern sky, we direct our instruments to collect as much data as possible.


To accomplish the task, BMO is creating a strategic alliance with iTelescope to facilitate their IT infrastructure that could create a network of telescopes expanding to other parts of Australia. Without this infrastructure, the growth of BMO telescope network will not be possible.
By partnering with private individuals with similar interest in astronomy, the network could grow beyond a simple one owner controlling all assetts. Those private individuals will offer man power, use of land and power and also the most needed assistance for managing the hardware in their locations.
Once the foundation has been laid down, the end result will be collaborative effort in obtaining data for Asteroid photometry that could be the most complete from Southen Hemisphere.
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