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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.

 

 

The October monthly meeting

will be held on Wednesday the 12th of October at the Mueller Hall Birdwood Ave, Melbourne starting at 8pm.

The speaker will be: 

Phil Hart

who will speak on

Cloud forecasts for Australian astronomers.

 

Phil will talk about clouds, the challenges of forecasting them and how to improve your chance of picking the clear nights for astronomy.  In particular Phil will introduce cloudfreenight.com by ASV member Robert Dahni.  This site is providing Australian astronomers with cloud forecasts based on the Bureau of Meteorology's high resolution ACCESS weather model.  Short term ACESS model forecasts outperform those global alternatives such as the United States GFS, which otherwise dominate online services.  The cloudfreenight.com site provides the ability to see cloud maps and meteograms for all regions of Australia and quickly compare the forecasts from the ACESS and GFS models.

 

The Australian Night Sky - September 2016

As we arrive at the start of Spring, a new edition of Australian Night Sky has arrived, thanks to Wayne Roberts.

Enjoy Here.

 

Crux August-September 2016

The latest edition of Crux is now available for download by members.

Crux download page

 

Membership Application Glitch Fixed

Apologies to anyone that has been trying to become a member of the ASV recently. A techinical problem has been preventing people from joining the fold since 1st July. It has now been fixed and the membership process is up and running once again. If you've tried unsuccessfully to become a member in the last couple of weeks, PLEASE TRY AGAIN NOW. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

 

 

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 30 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 1 October - Sun 2 October

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 1-Oct - 7.00am Sun 2-Oct

Location: LMDSS
Please note that LMDSS Field Trip 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 October

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 7 October

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 October

International Observe the Moon Night

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Melbourne Observatory, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3141, Australia

A great opportunity to bring your families along to this ASV event, to meet members of the Society, and look at the moon through their telescopes. The cost is a gold coin donation.

Wed 12 October

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood 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 October

GMT Section

6.45pm - 7.45pm

Location: GMT House Annex
For more information, contact Section Director: Jim Pollock

Wed 12 October

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: Cloud Prediction
Speaker: Phil Hart, ASV
All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 14 October

Junior Section

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Meeting times:-
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Fri 14 October

Library (Members only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

Location: Observatory Gate, 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

Fri 14 October

Members' Night

9.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: GMT House

Sat 15 October

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sun 16 October

Astrophotography Section

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Weather: forecasts, observing conditions, monitoring & fun with ASCOM
Presenters: Nick Jones & Robert Dahni
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Nick Jones

Mon 17 October

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

More events: Calendar