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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.

 

Calling for volunteers (members only) for a working bee at LMDSS

The tasks to be done are:

The proposed date is Sunday 8th May, starting about 10:00 am and finishing about 4:00 pm; leaving enough time to set up for an evening of observing smile.
For further information, please contact the LMDSS coordinator, David:  lmdss@asv.org.au

 

The Australian Night Sky - May 2016

Get an informative look at the night sky!

Wayne Roberts writes The Australian Night Sky every month

You can view the page here.

 

April-May 2016 Edition of Crux Magazine

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

Get into it before the printed version arrives in your mailbox.

 

Loan Telescope Program

The ASV runs a very popular loan telescope program for members.  The program aims to foster an interest in astronomy within the community by providing low cost access to high quality astronomical equipment. 

We have just given the webpage a major facelift and added an online booking facility.

If you have been considering taking advantage of the program, now is the perfect time to check it out!

Loan Telescope Program.

 

Join the Conversation

At the ASV we are excited about astronomy and we know you are too. So why not follow us online and join the conversation with your fellow members?

Get the latest astronomy news, images, videos, events and build your professional network with social media. You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+LinkedIn, our own internal forums and our many section Yahoo groups.

Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

The restoration of the Great Melbourne Telescope is a key project for the Society. Issue 10 of the Phoenix newsletter is now available for download on the dedicated GMT page. This edition includes an article on the the 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Observatory. 

In recognition of the improtance of this project to both the ASV and Melbourne, the ASV Council decided to formally recognise our Volunteers by forming a dedicated Section.   Mr Jim Pollock was appointed as the first Director.

 

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 30 April - Sun 1 May

LMDSS Field Trip

6.00pm Sat 30-Apr - 6.00am Sun 1-May

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 2 May

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 6 May

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 7 May - Sun 8 May

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 7-May - 8.00am Sun 8-May

Deep Sky Section meeting
Location: LMDSS
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Sat 7 May - Sun 8 May

LMDSS Field Trip

6.00pm Sat 7-May - 8.00am Sun 8-May

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

Wed 11 May

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 11 May

ASV Annual General meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: The Seventeenth Century’s LIGO – Optical Artisans and the first Reflecting Telescope

Speaker: Fred Watson, Astronomer, AAO

Conventional wisdom says that the reflecting telescope first appeared in the competent hands of Isaac Newton in 1668. But modern scholarship shows the picture to have been far more complex than this, with Newton’s achievement representing a high point in almost 50 years of vigorous development driven by strong scientific imperative. While the theory of the reflecting telescope was essentially complete by 1662, its practical realisation in the hands of optical craftsmen had lagged behind, a situation exactly the opposite to that of the refracting telescope during the same period. This talk investigates the collaborations of one such artisan, Richard Reeve, with his scientific contemporaries, which resulted in the first reflecting telescope in 1663. It is an extraordinary tale of hubris, rivalry, incest and murder – not to be missed!

Bio:
Fred Watson has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995. He is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, and is today an adjunct professor at several Australian universities. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.
All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 13 May

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 13 May

ASV Library (Members Only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

ASV Library (Members Only)
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

Fri 13 May

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Members' Night
Location: GMT House

Mon 16 May

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 17 May

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Speaker:
Topic:
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 18 May

Cosmology & Astrophysics

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

Fri 20 May

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

More events: Calendar