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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.


Loan Telescope Program

The ASV runs a very popular loan telescope program for members.  The program aims to foster an interest in astronomy within the community by providing low cost access to high quality astronomical equipment. 

We have just given the webpage a major facelift and added an online booking facility.

If you have been considering taking advantage of the program, now is the perfect time to check it out!

Loan Telescope Program.

The Australian Night Sky - October 2015

Our second edition of The Australian Night Sky is now available. Thanks to member Wayne Roberts for putting this together. You can view the page here.

Wayne will be updating the page on a monthly basis - so keep an eye on the website for updates.

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.

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.

What's happened to NAG (updated)

The New Astronomer's Group (NAG) has been on hold for some time now. Section Meetings are now on track to re-start in September (sorry I couldn't make August). I am working through the backlog of applications and should have invites sent out by the third week of August. Sorry I cannot fit everyone into the next Intake but I will reply to everyone e-mail that I have on file about when they will most likely be able to join.  More details
Ken  Le Marquand, NAG Section Director

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.

Mon 5 October

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 9 October

Junior Section

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Junior Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

Sat 10 October - Sun 11 October

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 10-Oct - 6.00am Sun 11-Oct

Deep Sky Section meeting
Location: LMDSS
For more information, please contact Section Director; Paul Gardiner
Remember to obtain the gate/clubrooms from the ASV website

Sat 10 October - Sun 11 October

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.30pm Sat 10-Oct - 6.30am Sun 11-Oct

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)
Location: LMDSS
Remember to obtain gate/clubroom codes from ASV website

Tue 13 October

New Moon

Wed 14 October

Library (Members Only)

7.00pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood Ave, Melbourne

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
+ 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 October

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: "Studying the High Redshift Universe in the 21st Century"
Speaker: Rebecca Allen, Swinburne

All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 16 October

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

Fri 16 October

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: GMT House, Birdwood Ave., South Yarra

Members' Night

Sat 17 October

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sat 17 October - Sun 18 October

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 17-Oct - 7.00am Sun 18-Oct

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)
Remember to log on to the ASV website to obtain the gate/clubroom codes.

Mon 19 October

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 20 October

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm


Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 21 October

Cosmology & Astrophysics

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Cosmology and Astro-Physics section

October meeting will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at ASV Lodge Parer St Burwood

The Main Topic for discussion is: “Formation of Black Holes"

“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”

Contact: Bruno Zielke 0402 047 860

More events: Calendar