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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.

 

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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?

The New Astronomer's Group (NAG) has been on hold for some time now. The job of ASV President (3rd year) has been a very busy one. Once Family and Work commitments are layered on top it reached a point where there was not enough spare time to also run the group. Section Meetings will start  again in July. More details
Ken  Le Marquand, NAG Section Director

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.

Wed 29 April

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 1 May

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 3 May

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Introduction to polar alignment and focusing techniques
Location: ASV Lodge
Presenters: TBA
Synopsis: introduce the commonly used techniques to achieve polar alignment
and focus. The session will emphasise approaches appropriate for those
starting out in the hobby.
For more information, please contact Section Director: Nick Jones

Mon 4 May

Full Moon

Mon 4 May

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Thu 7 May

Free Public Lecture - Observatories of Chile

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Location: Swinburne University Of Technology, BA building, BA201, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

Swinburne University Of Technology Free Public Lecture
The next talk will be given by Professor Jeremy Mould on the Observatories of Chile

Please click on the link below to register.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GrF_93Mp1M_MckomK19Yu7kT1d351S7yz9h3X9PTltw/viewform

Observatories of Chile
The skies of northern Chile are considered the best in the world for astronomy at visible through millimetre wavelengths. Most of the observatories are in the Norte Chico and Atacama regions. Cerro Paranal Observatory is the largest in the world. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array is an international astronomical facility composed of a group of up to 66 radio antennae working together 5000 meters above sea level in the highlands (Llano de Chajnantor) of the Andes Mountain Range, 50 kms from San Pedro de Atacama. ALMA is the most global astronomical project.
Under development is the LSST - Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
The project, which brings together 19 universities and laboratories is under construction on Cerro Pachon and will be able to view, weekly, the entire visible Universe using a digital camera of 3000 million pixels. Cerro Armazones, 3,060 meters in height, situated in the Atacama desert some 130 km south of Antofagasta, Chile, is the site chosen for the largest telescope in the world -known as European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Las Campanas observatory is operated by Carnegie Institution of Washington, and its location is 2,500 meters above sea level. It will host the Giant Magellan Telescope. Australian astronomers are participating in its construction.

Map: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/contacts-campuses/campuses/hawthorn/documents/hawthorn.pdf

Fri 8 May

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 9 May - Sun 10 May

LMDSS Field Trip (Members Only)

6.00pm Sat 9-May - 6.00am Sun 10-May

LMDSS Field Trip (Members Only)
Remember to obtain the gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV website.

Wed 13 May

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 13 May

ASV Annual General meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

ASV Annual General meeting

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

Fri 15 May

Library (Members Only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

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

Fri 15 May

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

Sat 16 May

Instrument Making Section meeting

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Instrument Making Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Sat 16 May - Sun 17 May

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 16-May - 6.00am Sun 17-May

Deep Sky Section meeting
Location: LMDSS

For more information, contact Section Director: Eddie van den Berg
Remember to obtain the gate code from the ASV website

More events: Calendar