Facilities

ASV Lodge

The ASV owns a residential property in suburban Melbourne. The house at the front of the property is rented out to tenants. The ASV Lodge and Observatory / workshop are located in the back yard.

Click here to see a location map (members only).

Leon Mow Dark Sky Site

The ASV also owns a country propery that can be used by members to observe the night skies away form the light pollution of Melbourne. Located north of Melbourne, the site is well equiped with :

  • club rooms
  • 2 large observing fields - one for visual use and one dedicated to astrophotography.
  • electricity in the club rooms and out on the observing field
  • areas set aside for camping
  • showers and toilets with hot and cold running water

ASV Members are free to use the facilities at any time. The general public are able to visit twice a year at the annual Messier Star Party (held around March) and the annual Christmas Star-B-Que. Precise dates are published on the events calendar page.

Click here to see a location map (members only).

Library

The society's extensive library is located at the Old Melbourne Observatory and is open during Monthly Meeting times. Click here to veiw the online library database.

20-inch Le Marquand Telescope

The ASV has a 20-inch telescope located at the ASV Lodge.

Telescopes for Loan

The ASV has a number of excellent quality of telescopes for loan to new members. Members can download the application form here.

25-inch Telescope

The ASV has a 25-inch telescope at the Leon Mow Dark Sky Site.

25-inch Obsession