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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.

 

The 2016 X-mas Star-Be-Cue (3rd Dec) Open to Non Members

All ASV members, family, friends and non members are invited to the ASV's Leon Mow Dark Sky Site, for this stellar day and night taking place from noon on Sat 3rd December. It will be an afternoon of fun and an evening full of stars. It includes a very nice telescope as a door prize, tours of the site, solar observing, wine tastings, food from the Lions Club, a fun Trivia session, Sky for the Night by Perry Vlahos, observing through the gigantic 25-inch Obsession telescope, as well as free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and biscuits plus much much more. VERY IMPORTANT: non members must make a booking by sending an e-mail to "perry@asv.org.au" - but hurry as places are limited. Members don't need to book. For more information and all the nitty gritty, please check out the two page flier by clicking here.

 

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.

 

The Australian Night Sky - November 2016

On this hallowed evening, the November edition of Wayne Roberts' exploration of the night sky is now available.

Enjoy Here.

 

ASV Use 20-inch Telescope for Public Viewing! All booked out!

Due to much demand, the ASV will again make this enormous telescope available for the public to view the Universe. Not only that, the session will have some of the most experienced senior astronomers at your disposal for this evening - the President and two Vice Presidents! So if you want a guided tour of the constellations, solar system and deep space by people that really know their stuff, you'd better hurry up before it books out; the last one was filled very quickly.

Date: Sat 12 Nov          Time: 8pm - 10pm          Place: ASV Lodge & Observatory in Burwood           Cost: $15 per person

To make a booking send an e-mail to: perry@asv.org.au

Please include the names of people attending, and a mobile phone number. More info will be e-mailed to you once your booking is accepted, with details of where to go, what to bring, how to pay etc.

What are you waiting for? Hit send on that e-mail before it's too late!

 

Crux October-November 2016

Due to a number of factors, the current print edition of Crux has been considerably delayed.  The web version is available now on the ASV website  in the Members section, and your print version will be in the mail as soon as possible.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please remember, web addresses shown with Crux articles are active links, so take the time to go exploring if a particular item has taken your interest.

Graham Hardy
Editor, Crux

Crux download page

 

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 9 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

Wed 14 December

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood 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

Wed 14 December

GMT Section meeting

6.45pm - 7.45pm

Location: GMT House
For more information, contact Section Director: Jim Pollock

Wed 14 December

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Mueller Auditorium, National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

Topic: To be advised
Speaker: To be advised
Please bring a plate of Christmas goodies to share for supper.
All are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 16 December

Library (Members only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

Location: Observatory Gate, 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

Fri 16 December

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

Fri 16 December

Members Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

Location: GMT House

Sat 17 December

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Mark Justice

Mon 19 December

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 20 December

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Speaker: Dr John O'Connor, U3A
Topic: Cosmology of Love and Love Sickness
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 21 December

Cosmology & Astrophysics

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:

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

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

Sat 24 December - Sun 25 December

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.30pm Sat 24-Dec - 8.30am Sun 25-Dec

Location: LMDSS
Please note that LMDSS Field Trip 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

Wed 28 December

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Sat 31 December - Sun 1 January

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.30pm Sat 31-Dec - 8.30am Sun 1-Jan

Location: LMDSS
Please note that LMDSS Field Trip 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

More events: Calendar