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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.

 

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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.

What's happened to NAG?

The New Astronomer's Group (NAG) has been on hold for some time now. The job of ASV President (3rd year) has been a very busy one. Once Family and Work commitments are layered on top it reached a point where there was not enough spare time to also run the group. Section Meetings will start  again in July. More details
Ken  Le Marquand, NAG Section Director

Events RSS Feed  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 5 June

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 6 June - Sun 7 June

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.30pm Sat 6-Jun - 6.00am Sun 7-Jun

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)
Location: LMDSS

Remember to obtain the gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV website

Sun 7 June

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Astrophotography Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
Topic: Auto guiding
Synopsis: Discussion on the different types of auto guiding (guide scope, off-axis, integrated with the camera), the pros/cons of each approach; commonly used software, PHD1 versus PHD2, Maxim DL; suggested approaches for those who are new to the hobby.

For more information, contact Section Director: Nick Jones

Wed 10 June

Library (Members Only)

7.00pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood Ave, Melbourne

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

Wed 10 June

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Speaker: Josh Harper, ASV Junior Section member
Topic: Hubble’s Galaxy Morphology – A Modern Perspective

An interest in galaxies, and an interest in photography, led ASV Junior Josh Harper to try his hand at astrophotography. Hear about his first attempts at capturing elusive deep-sky objects, together with some of the insights he gained around remote telescopes, imaging, post-processing, and a touch of history.

Speaker: Barry Adcock, ASV member and past President
Topic: Sizing the Great Red Spot on Jupiter

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

Fri 12 June

Junior Section

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Junior Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

Fri 12 June

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 12 June

Lunar & Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Lunar & Planetary Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

For more information, please contact Section Director: Andrea King

Fri 12 June

Members' night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Members' night
Location: GMT House

Sat 13 June - Sun 14 June

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 13-Jun - 6.00am Sun 14-Jun

Deep Sky Section meeting
Location: LMDSS

For more information, contact Section Director: Eddie van den Berg
Remember to obtain gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV website.

Sat 13 June - Sun 14 June

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 13-Jun - 6.00am Sun 14-Jun

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

Remember to obtain gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV website.

Mon 15 June

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 16 June

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Film: The Night Sky of the Boorong (Film by John Morieson), followed by a discussion on night skies on aboriginal society.

For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 17 June

New Moon

More events: Calendar