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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.

NACAA 2014 is over

A big thank you goes out to all the ASV Members on the Local sub-committee (Linda Mockridge, Rod Brown, Barry Cleland, Jim Blanksby, and Perry Vlahos) for working through the 1001 details that make up such an event. Other helpers include Craig Boyd who was our roadie & technical guru, Jim Katsifolis for name tags, and Frank Marion helping on the registration desk.

It all started in 2012 with preperations for the upcoming VASTROC 2013, which was a practice run for NACAA 2014. In collaboration with the RBG we also hosted the Melbourne Observatory 150th Seminar on Colonial Astronomy in Australia (November 2013).

My biggest thanks goes to Linda Mockridge & Rod Brown who have been involved in all three events. Their experience from organising many ASV events over the years was obvious and valuable in making them all successful.

Ken  Le Marquand, ASV President

Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

The latest GMT newletter is now available for download:

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24 April 2014

IISAC2014, Lostock Scout Camp, NSW

12.00am 24 April 2014 - 12.00am 27 April 2014
Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights, 24th-26th April 2014, at Lostock
More details:

26 April 2014

Working Bee at LMDSS,

1.00pm - 4.00pm
LMDSS needs some TLC (tender loving care). There are several tasks to be tackled, so check out Page 5 of the latest edition of CRUX for more information.
So come along and lend a hand.

26 April 2014

Section meetings at LMDSS,

6.00pm 26 April 2014 - 6.00am 27 April 2014
Section meetings to be held at LMDSS:-
- Astrophotography Section, Section Director: Phil Hart
- Deep Sky Section, Section Director: Eddie van den Berg
- LMDSS Field Trip (Members' Only)

Remember to obtain the gate/clubroom codes from the website

27 April 2014

Historical Section meeting, ASV Lodge

1.00pm - 4.00pm
Historical Section meeting
For more information contact Section Director: Rod Brown

27 April 2014

ASV Library (Members Only), Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

2.00pm - 4.00pm
ASV Library (Members Only)
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.

27 April 2014

Solar Section meeting, Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Solar Section meeting
Topic: Preparing for the partial solar eclipse on the 29th
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

29 April 2014

New Moon,

12.00am 29 April 2014 - 12.00am 30 April 2014

30 April 2014


7.45pm - 10.15pm
ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

2 May 2014

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 ASV Lodge

3 May 2014

Clean out of the ASV Lodge (time tbc),

11.00am - 4.00pm
Clean out of the ASV Lodge
Time is to be confirmed

3 May 2014

LMDSS Field Trip (Members Only),

5.00pm 3 May 2014 - 8.00am 4 May 2014
LMDSS Field Trip (Members Only)
Location: LMDSS
Remember to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for entry.

5 May 2014

Computing Section,

8.00pm - 10.00pm
Computing Section meeting
For further information contact Section Director: Richard John
Location: ASV Lodge