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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.

 

Crux August-September 2016

The latest edition of Crux is now available for download by members.

Crux download page

The Australian Night Sky - August

We've braved most of the wintery months and with the start of Spring just around the corner now might be a good time to find out whats in the sky for August 2016.

Another excellent issue from Wayne Roberts is now available.

Membership Application Glitch Fixed

Apologies to anyone that has been trying to become a member of the ASV recently. A techinical problem has been preventing people from joining the fold since 1st July. It has now been fixed and the membership process is up and running once again. If you've tried unsuccessfully to become a member in the last couple of weeks, PLEASE TRY AGAIN NOW. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

 

The September Monthly Meeting, Wednesday the 14th of September at 8pm at the Mueller Hall, Birdwood Avenue

The speaker is Paul Haese, ASSA Exchange speaker, Instrument Officer for the ASSA.

Who will be talking on Rebuilding the Dome at the Charles Todd Observatory

From 2012 to 2016 the Charles Todd observatory at Stockport has been closed to replace the old dome which, had outlived its life span, with a newly constructed turret. Paul will discuss why the design was chosen, the process of obtaining the funding, the construction phase including the problems faced, how those problems were solved and inform on the drive system to rotate, open and close the turret. Paul will then reveal what the ASSA plans for the observatory and the design itself into the future.

Paul Haese is the Instrument Officer of the Astronomical Society of South Australia. He has been a member of council for the last 5 years holding various offices. He was involved in the design team of the new turret and was appointed as the construction manager of the turret replacement project. Paul is now managing the final installation of the drive systems of the turret and integration with the existing telescope located in the observatory.

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 26 August

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 27 August - Sun 28 August

LMDSS Field trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 27-Aug - 8.00am Sun 28-Aug

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

Sun 28 August

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 28 August

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

The topic for this month will be "Atmospheric Phenomena" where we will examine how sunlight interacts with structures in the Earth's atmosphere to produce solar arcs, sun dogs, pillars, rainbows and more complex phenomena.

Refreshments will be provided (many thanks, Bob).

As usual, there will be ample time for discussion, "show and tell" and, weather permitting, observation of the sun in Ha through the Observatory's historic photoheliograph.
Location: GMT House
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Sun 28 August

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, 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 31 August

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 2 September

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 3 September - Sun 4 September

Deep Sky Section

6.00pm Sat 3-Sep - 7.00am Sun 4-Sep

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

Sat 3 September - Sun 4 September

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 3-Sep - 7.00am Sun 4-Sep

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

Mon 5 September

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 9 September

Junior Section

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

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

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Sat 10 September

AstroLight2016

6.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015, Australia

For more information: https://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/astrolight-festival/

Wed 14 September

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 September

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: Design & Future of the Stockport Observatory
Speaker: Paul Haese, ASSA
All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Abstract: From 2012 to 2016 the Charles Todd observatory at Stockport has been closed to replace the old dome which, had outlived its life span, with a newly constructed turret. Paul Haese will discuss why the design was chosen, the process of obtaining the funding, the construction phase including the problems faced, how those problems were solved and inform on the drive system to rotate, open and close the turret. Paul will then reveal what the ASSA plans for the observatory and the design itself into the future.

Bio: Paul Haese is the Instrument Officer of the Astronomical Society of South Australia. He has been a member of council for the last 5 years holding various offices. He was involved in the design team of the new turret and was appointed as the construction manager of the turret replacement project. Paul is now managing the final installation of the drive systems of the turret and integration with the existing 20” telescope located in the observatory. He is also noted for winning the Bill Bradfield award in 2011, the David Malin Awards overall winner in 2014, two section wins as well as receiving many honourable mentions of the same competition. Furthermore, placing second in Solar System section in the Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the year 2011. Finally he operates two fully remote observatories which makes him well qualified for his current position and assignments with the turret.
It may require a little editing to fit on the web site callendar.

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