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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.

 

VASTROC 2015 - April 17th - 19th 2015

The 2015 Victorian Astronomical Convention will be hosted by Bendigo District Astronomical Society.

The venue will be at Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo.

Register now for the Early Bird full weekend package, available until February 15th, 2015.

Visit http://vastroc.net/  for further information or download the flyer.

Join the Conversation

At the ASV we are excited about astronomy and we know you are too. So why not follow us online and join the conversation with your fellow members?

Get the latest astronomy news, images, videos, events and build your professional network with social media. You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+LinkedIn, our own internal forums and our many section Yahoo groups.

So get the most from your membership and connect today!

Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

The restoration of the Great Melbourne Telescope is a key project for the Society. Issue 10 of the Phoenix newsletter is now available for download on the dedicated GMT page. This edition includes an article on the the 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Observatory.

Events RSS Feed  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.

Mon 2 February

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 4 February

Full Moon

Fri 6 February

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 ASV Lodge

Sun 8 February

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Astrophotography Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
Topic: Getting started with deep sky astrophotography
Presenters: Nicholas Jones + others
Synopsis: A session for everyone to provide advice to those who are new to
the hobby. The session will touch on the following areas:
• An overview what's involved with taking deep sky images: equipment,
challenges and what can be achieved early on
• A demonstration of a typical set up (someone will demo their gear)
• ASV facilities that are at your disposal including the astrophotgraphy
dome up at Heathcote.
• Suggested equipment profiles for new starters (PC/Mac, mount, scope,
camera, software); walking the cost/benefit line
• Very brief overview of image acquisition: lights, darks, flats, bias frames
• Very brief intro to image calibration and stacking
• Habits of successful astrophotographers
• Planning your imaging sessions; creating a yearly calendar
• Making your first LMDSS visit
• Information sources.

Wed 11 February

Library (Members Only)

6.00pm - 7.45pm

ASV Library (Members Only)
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 (Note: the Library will not be open after the Monthly Meeting in February and March)
+ 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 11 February

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Topic: “Cosmic Furnaces and the Origin of the Elements”

Speaker: Professor Christian Illiadis, University of North Carolina

Abstract: Humans consist mainly of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and calcium. But where exactly were these elements created? And where did all the other elements come from? The story of element synthesis involves the work of 12 Nobel laureates and will take us from astronomical objects (stars) to unimaginably small particles (atomic nuclei), from nuclear fusion to neutrinos to the weird world of quantum mechanics. During the presentation I will hand out a prize to the person in the audience who can tell me what physics effect is crucial for all three phenomena shown below.

- Chandra x-ray image of Tycho's supernova (discovered in 1572).
- My mobile phone.
- The "Mike Shot": the first thermonuclear bomb, fired on Eniwetok by the United States in 1952.

All are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 13 February

Swinburne Free Astronomy Public Lecture

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Speaker: David J. Wilner Assoc. Director, Radio & Geoastronomy Division Harvard-Smithsonian Center forAstrophysics
Topic: Planet Formation through Radio Eyes
Theatre Location: AMDC301

Bookings are necessary

For more information regarding bookings, go to: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/outreach/?topic=freelectures

Fri 13 February

Library (Members' Only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

ASV Library (Members Only)
The Library is open from 7 - 7:50pm prior to Members' Night

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

Fri 13 February

Junior Section

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Junior Section meeting
For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 13 February

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Members' Night

Sat 14 February - Sun 15 February

LMDSS Field Trip (Members' Only)

6.00pm Sat 14-Feb - 7.00am Sun 15-Feb

LMDSS Field Trip (Members' Only)
Remember to logon to ASV website to obtain gate/clubroom codes

Mon 16 February

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Clint Jeffrey

Tue 17 February

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Speaker: Ian Sullivan, ASV & MPAS
Topic: Sundials - followed by a practical determination of sundial noon.
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 18 February

Cosmology & Astrophysics

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Cosmology & Astrophysics Section meeting
Discussion of current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:
Location: ASV Lodge
“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”
Contact: Ross Berner
Phone: 9886 6679 (A/H)
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: cosmology@asv.org.au

More events: Calendar