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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 Magazine for August-September 2018 Online

The Aug-Sep Crux is now available in PDF for downloading.

The Australian Night Sky - August 2018

The Australian Night Sky, written by Wayne Roberts is now available at

A downloadable PDF version is at

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 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.

Sat 18 August

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sun 19 August

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Building a Roll-Off-Roof Observatory.
Presentery: Diego Colonnello
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Mon 20 August

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 21 August

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location: Melbourne Observatory, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Visit to Melbourne Observatory10:20 for a 10:30 start
Presenter: Rod Brown, ASV
Location: Melbourne Observatory, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

This is a great opportunity to visit during the daytime and appreciate the
cultural and scientific significance of the Observatory. Melbourne
Observatory built in the 1860’s was instrumental in weather forecasting,
time keeping and star charting. As well as the beautiful historical
buildings housing the 8 inch and 12 inch telescopes, we’ll see the restored
photoheliograph used to photograph the 1874 Transit of Venus. Weather
permitting, we may be able to view the sun.

Sun 26 August

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 26 August

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: 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

Wed 29 August


7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 31 August

Club Section meeting

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 September - Sun 2 September

Dark Sky Night

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

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 2 September

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Avenue, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Location: GMT House

The topic is "The Sun-Earth Environment and Cosmic Rays".

For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director
(Please note that this is the August meeting rescheduled)

Mon 3 September

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 5 September

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic: “Crossing the Quantum Divide”

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

Contact: Ross Berner
Mobile: 0403 167 004

Fri 7 September

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 September - Sun 9 September

Galactic Centre Star Party (Members only)

12.00pm Sat 8-Sep - 11.00am Sun 9-Sep

More information to come....

More events: Calendar