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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.

 

August Monthly Meeting Talk "Astrophysics With a Small Telescope"

All members and the public are invited to our meeting Wed 9th Aug, 8pm at the National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne, that features a presentation from Michael Brown (Monash Uni) entitled 'Astrophysics with a Small Telescope'. If you've got one, Michael will show you how to use it to measure exoplanet transits, the distances to star clusters and the distribution of mass within galaxies. Wow! And all you've ever done with it is look at the craters on the moon and take pretty pictures. The meeting will also include a fully illustrated 'Sky For The Month' presentation from Perry Vlahos, telling you how to see the most interesting things in this month's sky. A delicious supper follows the meeting and it's all free of charge. See you there. 

 

LMDSS Closure 4th to 15th September

The planned electrical upgrades to LMDSS will start on 4 September and are expected to take 10 days, thus the LMDSS will be closed from midnight Sunday 3 September to midday Friday 16 September.
Only members and contractors involved in the upgrades or preparing for the Star party are to visit the site during this period as there will be open trenches around most of the site and the power will be off much of the time.

David Harding, LMDSS coordinator.

Crux for August-September Online

The August-September edition of Crux is now available in PDF for downloading.

Please also obtain a copy of the LMDSS 2017 Survey, fill it out and send it back as per details on the sheet.

The Australian Night Sky - August 2017

Wayne Roberts Australian Night Sky for August 2017 is now available at http://asv.org.au/night-sky.

We also have a downloadable PDF version for printable access.

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 19 August

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Sat 19 August - Sun 20 August

Deep Sky Section

5.00pm Sat 19-Aug - 8.00am Sun 20-Aug

Location: LMDSS

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Sat 19 August - Sun 20 August

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 19-Aug - 8.00am Sun 20-Aug

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 21 August

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Fri 25 August

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 26 August - Sun 27 August

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 26-Aug - 8.00am Sun 27-Aug

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 27 August

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 27 August

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

Location: GMT House
Topic; "Understanding the Sun Ephemeris in the 2017 ASV Yearbook, (pp 42-43)".
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Sun 27 August

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

Wed 30 August

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 1 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.

Mon 4 September

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 6 September

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic: “The Problem of Cosmic Inflation”

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

Contact: Ross Berner
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: cosmology@asv.net.au

Fri 8 September

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

More events: Calendar