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Welcome to the Astronomical Society of Victoria

The Society is based in Melbourne, Australia and includes city and country members, as well some in other states and overseas. It attracts people with a wide range of astronomical interests, ages, abilities and experience. Originally founded in 1922, it is the largest such organisation in the southern hemisphere.

Membership is open to all with an interest in astronomy.

 

Interstellar Asteroid Oumaumau

On October 19 the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope in Hawaii picked up a faint object. Over a few days the orbit was calculated and was discovered to be an Interstellar visitor.

Read the article on the ESO website.

Crux for October-November Online

The October-November Crux is now available in PDF for downloading.

The Australian Night Sky - November 2017

The Australian Night Sky, written by Wayne Roberts is now available at http://asv.org.au/night-sky.

A downloadable PDF version is at http://asv.org.au/nightsky/ANS_Nov_2017.pdf.

ASV Items For Sale

A section in the ASV Forum has been created for members wanting to buy or sell Astronomical Items.

Please log in to the Members Only section and visit the Forum or click on the 'Chat' icon.

The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

Here's a link to a story by Liz Clarkson with a number of images of ASV members hard at work in restoring the Great Melbourne Telescope. It gives a little bit of history and outlines the aims and current status of the project to bring this telescope back to Melbourne Observatory, in a working condition for members of the public to look through. It was once the largest steerable telescope in the world back in the late 1880s.

Events iCal

The ASV runs a large number of events to cater for a broad range of astronomy related interests. Check the website on a regular basis for the latest updates. The next 14 events are listed below - view the calendar page for a full listing of planned events.

Fri 24 November

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings are informal and take place on the first and last Friday of the month (public holidays excepted) between 8:00 – 11:00pm at the ASV Lodge.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Sat 25 November - Sun 26 November

Astrophotography Boot Camp

6.00pm Sat 25-Nov - 12.00pm Sun 26-Nov

Location: LMDSS
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Sun 26 November

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 26 November

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Avenue, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Location: GMT House


The last meeting of the year will be on Sunday 26th November at GMT House Melbourne Observatory, starting 2pm.

Topic: "Celebrating Our Sun" which will explore some of the amazing properties of our star and how its study has enhanced our knowledge and wonder of the Universe.

Member's contributions are always welcomed and we'll observe the Sun through the Society's new solar telescope, if weather permits.


For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Sun 26 November

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.00 to 7.45pm and after from approx. 10:00 to 10:45pm
+ Members' Night - from 7pm to 7:50pm
+ Last Sunday of month - 2pm to 4pm

The Library is now in the old Government Astronomers’ Office which is in the north west corner of the main building at Melbourne Observatory.
There are currently a large number of books and magazines, surplus to the Library’s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland

Wed 29 November

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 1 December

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings are informal and take place on the first and last Friday of the month (public holidays excepted) between 8:00 – 11:00pm at the ASV Lodge.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Mon 4 December

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Craig Boyd
Location: ASV Lodge

Tue 5 December

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Our special guest on the night is Whitham Reeve from Alaska. Whit has been instrumental in several of the LMRO projects including eCallisto. He formed Reeve Engineers in 1978. He has been registered as a professional engineer in the state of Alaska and is the author of numerous books and articles on the practical aspects of telecommunications engineering. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska USA and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with an emphasis on advanced communications engineering and engineering management.

Wed 6 December

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:“The Neutrino Puzzle” and “Saturn Up Close”

Location: ASV Lodge
“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”

Contact: Ross Berner
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: cosmology@asv.net.au

Fri 8 December

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Meeting times:-
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Sat 9 December - Sun 10 December

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 9-Dec - 8.00am Sun 10-Dec


Location: LMDSS
Please note that Dark Sky Nights are not an organized event and the criteria for these nights are as follows:-
- is a Saturday night
- has at least two hours dark sky, (that is after Sunset and when twilight ends, and also prior to Sunrise and before twilight starts)
- dark sky is calculated from the times of Astronomical Twilight
- dark sky must start before midnight (or before 0100 Sunday during Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Remember to obtain the gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV webpage

Sun 10 December

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

End of Year Informal Get Together
Location: Andy Campbell's residence
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Wed 13 December

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.30 to 7.45pm and after from approx. 10:00 to 10:45pm
+ Members' Night - from 7pm to 7:50pm
+ Last Sunday of month - 2pm to 4pm

The Library is now in the old Government Astronomers’ Office which is in the north west corner of the main building at Melbourne Observatory.

There are currently a large number of books and magazines, surplus to the Library’s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland

More events: Calendar