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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.

 

The Australian Night Sky - June 2016

Wayne Roberts writes The Australian Night Sky every month

You can view the page here.

 

Vic South Desert Spring Star Party 2016

Now would seem to be a good time to start thinking about attending the next Vic South Star Party in October 2016 (Melbourne Cup Weekend).

Why?, I hear you ask. Accomodation is limited so unless you'll be camping it might be worth booking into the Little Desert Lodge.

An email has gone out to all members with information and an attached accomodation booking form. Just remember that bookings will not start until June 1st. Visit the Vic South website http://vicsouth.info for more information on the event.

Vic South Star Party Accomodation And Meals Booking Form 2016.pdf

 

Membership Information

This is a reminder to all members of the Society. We have a Membership Login system on the website.

If you need to change any of your membership information you'll need your membership number and your password to access your Member Area. This will let you change your email address, mailing address, pay your yearly membership fee and even cancel your membership. You can also change your member password if you have forgotten it.

Please make use of this wonderful system instead of emailing the Webmaster (me).

 

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.

Fri 3 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 4 June - Sun 5 June

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 4-Jun - 8.00am Sun 5-Jun

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

Sat 4 June - Sun 5 June

LMDSS Field Trip

6.00pm Sat 4-Jun - 8.00am Sun 5-Jun

Location: LMDSS
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 6 June

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 8 June

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 8 June

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Speaker: Nick Lomb, ASV
Topic: Steaming to Cape York: the Australian Eclipse Expedition of 1871.

Abstract: Techniques such as photography and spectroscopy only became available to study solar eclipses in the 1860s. The first subsequent total eclipse of the Sun to be visible from Australia was one in December 1871 that was visible from far north Queensland. Initiated by the Royal Society of Victoria, astronomers in Melbourne and Sydney cooperated to organise the Australian Eclipse Expedition aboard the steamship Governor Blackall to a suitable observing location. With write-ups of the expedition from a number of participants including a newspaper reporter plus images available from the two photographers and a painter aboard, this talk will be well illustrated. It will provide an insight into a fascinating expedition that was of importance for the development of Australian astronomy for decades afterwards.

Speaker: Dr Nick Lomb was the Curator of Astronomy at Sydney Observatory for over 30 years. He is the author of a number of books on astronomy including the annual Australasian Sky Guide that is now in its 26th edition and "Transit of Venus: 1631 to the present". Having retired from full-time work in December 2009 so as to move to Melbourne, he is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland. With regard to the topic of this talk, he has been to see three total eclipses of the Sun and has been fortunate with the weather at all three: South Australia 2002, Siberia 2008 and Palm Cove, Queensland 2012.

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

Fri 10 June

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 10 June

Members' Night

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Members' Night
Location: GMT House

Fri 10 June

Library (Members' only)

9.00pm - 9.50pm

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

Sat 11 June - Sun 12 June

LMDSS Field Trip

6.00pm Sat 11-Jun - 8.00am Sun 12-Jun

Location: LMDSS
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 15 June

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 17 June

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

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

Sat 18 June

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sun 19 June

Astrophotography Section

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Speaker: Phil Hart
Topic: Widefield astrophotography
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Nick Jones

More events: Calendar