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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 Online

The PDF version of Crux Feb-Mar 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 - March 2017

The March edition of Wayne Roberts' Australian Night Sky is now available at

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 31 March

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 1 April - Sun 2 April

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 1-Apr - 8.00am Sun 2-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

Mon 3 April

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 5 April

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic: "Worm Holes & Black Holes"

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

Contact: Ross Berner
Mobile: 0403 167 004

Thu 6 April

Stargazing Live free community event

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Join Dr Karl, Grace Koh and friends at a fun, free community event in Federation Square on Thursday 6 April from 7-10pm.

To be a part of this unique event, head down to Federation Square in Melbourne on Thursday 6 April from 7pm and enjoy some family entertainment and an outdoor cinema experience under the stars.

ASV members will be there with their own telescopes to show you the wonders on the universe.

Fri 7 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 8 April - Sun 9 April

Junior Section Camp at LMDSS

3.00pm Sat 8-Apr - 11.00am Sun 9-Apr

Junior Section Camp
Location: LMDSS
For more information, contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Remember to obtain the gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV webpage

Sun 9 April

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Testing, Installation, Commissioning, and Imaging with the ASA 1.4m telescope at Mt Vidojevica in Serbia.
Presenters: Bratislav Curcic
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Wed 12 April

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 12 April

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: How We Dodged a Doomsday Event in 2012
Speaker: Dr Russell Cockman, ASV
Abstract: In September 1859 the most powerful solar storm in recorded history wreaked havoc on our, then, fledgling technological society. Now known as the Carrington Event, it demonstrated how solar storms can seriously affect life on the ground. It is inevitable that a storm of similar ferocity will happen again, but the consequences for the advanced and vulnerable technologies that we rely so heavily on could be far worse.

In July 2012 a solar storm occurred that was largely unreported in the media, a Carrington-type event that fortunately missed the Earth, but would have hit the Earth head-on had it occurred just one week earlier.

In his talk Russ will review the circumstances of solar storms such as the Carrington Event, the potential cost of a similar event to our present way of life, what was learned from the observations collected in July 2012 and how the damaging impacts can be minimised."

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

Fri 14 April

Good Friday public holiday

Sat 15 April

Easter Saturday

Sat 15 April

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sun 16 April

Easter Sunday

More events: Calendar