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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 April-May Edition Online

The PDF version of Crux April-May 2017 is now available for downloading by members.

ASV Items For Sale

A section in the ASV Forum has been created for members wanting to buy or sell Astronomical Items.

Please log in to the Members Only section and visit the Forum or click on the 'Chat' icon.

The Australian Night Sky - April 2017

The April edition of Wayne Roberts' Australian Night Sky is now available at http://asv.org.au/night-sky.

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.

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 28 April

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 29 April - Sun 30 April

Deep Sky Section

6.00pm Sat 29-Apr - 8.00am Sun 30-Apr

Location: LMDSS

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Sat 29 April - Sun 30 April

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 29-Apr - 8.00am Sun 30-Apr

Location: LMDSS
Please note that Dark Sky 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 30 April

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 30 April

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

Mon 1 May

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 3 May

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

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.net.au

Fri 5 May - Sun 7 May

VASTROC 2017

6.00pm Fri 5-May - 1.00pm Sun 7-May

Location: Emerald Secondary College, 425 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald VIC 3782, Australia

VASTROC 2017

The Victoria Astronomy Convention VASTROC is a biennial conference for Amateur Astronomers from around Victoria. In 2017 it will be hosted by Mount Burnett Observatory on the weekend of 6-7 May at Emerald Secondary College in Emerald, Victoria. Visitors from interstate and overseas are of course most welcome, too!

Topics will include: Gravitational Waves, Astronomy for Beginners, Astrophotography, Keeping our skies dark, Astronomy outreach and much more
The atmosphere of a VASTROC is relaxed and all astronomers, new and old, locals and from interstate or overseas are most welcome. Astronomical societies around Victoria are a great place to start exploring your interest in Astronomy and viewing the night sky. Come and find your astronomical home at VASTROC 2017!

Conference tickets are now available - https://www.vastroc.net/tickets

Fri 5 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 the ASV Lodge.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Wed 10 May

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: 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

Wed 10 May

ASV Annual General meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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


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

Fri 12 May

Library (Members only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

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 12 May

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

Fri 12 May

Members' Night

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Location: ASV Library, Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

Contact: Rod Brown

More events: Calendar