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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.

 

 MONTHLY MEETING WED 12 DEC 8PM: Q & A PANEL AND ANNUAL SOCIAL NIGHT

This Wednesday is the final Monthly Meeting of the ASV for 2018. It's also the Annual Social Night, which means we set aside more time for people to hang out, enjoy some Christmas food and drink whilst indulging in astronomical chit-chat with like minded people. The meeting will feature a Q & A panel comprised of Chris Rudge, Jim Pollock, Russell Cockman and Perry Vlahos. They'll be ready to answer your questions about astronomy and the ASV, will listen to to your suggestion of how to improve the Society, and also take note of any complaints you may have. The Sky for the Month segment will be expanded to include info on how to find the upcoming naked eye comet this week and when to look for the meteor shower that shall bring excitement to our skies, finishing the astronomical year with a final flourish. Following the meeting and FREE supper, we'll also open up the telescopes at Melbourne Observatory. Don't forget to bring a plate of X-mas goodies to share and get there early for a good seat. Non-members are welcome and it will be held at the National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne.

 

The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration on Ch 9 News

Many people are not aware that Melbourne Observatory was the home of the largest steerable telescope in the world during the second half of the 1800s. There is magnificent volunteer effort from ASV members to restore the Great Melbourne Telescope and have it reinstalled in its original roll-off roof observatory not far from The Shrine. Channel 9 News presented a report on it recently and if you missed it on air, here's a link to it: https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/1058993849224163328

Crux Magazine for December-January Online

The Dec-Jan Crux is now available in PDF 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 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.

Sun 16 December

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 5.30pm

End of Year Informal Get Together
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Mon 17 December

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 18 December

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:



Speaker: DrJohn O'Connor, U3A
Topic: Our Cosmic Significance - Alone in the Milky Way   (followed by Xmas feast in the Clubroom)
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 19 December

New Astronmers' Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.00pm


Topic: How to use your Star Atlas, tips for on the field, what features make a good Star Atlas
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand: nag@asv.org.au

Thu 27 December

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Sat 29 December - Sun 30 December

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 29-Dec - 8.00am Sun 30-Dec

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 30 December

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 30 December

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, 0418 356 832

Sat 5 January - Sun 6 January

Deep Sky Section

6.30pm Sat 5-Jan - 9.00am Sun 6-Jan

Location: LMDSS

Bring a plate to share at supper.

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Wed 9 January

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:

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

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

Sat 19 January

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sat 19 January

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, 0418 356 832

Sat 19 January

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: To be advised
Speaker: To be advised

Everybody is welcome and the night will end with a delicious supper and it is FREE
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 25 January

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.

More events: Calendar