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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.


VASTROC 2015 - April 17th - 19th 2015

VASTROC is almost here. To avoid missing out please register ASAP

The 2015 Victorian Astronomical Convention (VASTROC) will be hosted by Bendigo District Astronomical Society.

The venue will be at Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo.

Note there is a choice of registration options available.

Visit  for further information or download the March flyer.

The convention will kick off on the Friday evening with Sidewalk Astronomy and Planetarium sessions!

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.

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 17 April - Sun 19 April


9.00am Fri 17-Apr - 3.30pm Sun 19-Apr

Location: Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo VIC, Australia

The 2015 Victorian Astronomical Conference will be hosted by Bendigo District Astronomical Society. 17-19 April, 2015.
The venue will be at Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo.
Our Keynote Speaker will be Ken Harrison, on the subject of “Astronomical Spectroscopy - made easy.”

For more information:

Sun 19 April

New Moon

Mon 20 April

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 21 April

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location: Reality Theatre, Swinburne University, Hawthorn

Topic: High Definition Universe with 4K projector. Plus two Post Grad students presenting on their research.
Speaker: Dr Chris Fluke

For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Fri 24 April

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section
Location: ASV Lodge

Sat 25 April - Sun 26 April

Section Meetings at LMDSS

6.00pm Sat 25-Apr - 7.00am Sun 26-Apr

Section Meetings at LMDSS
Deep Sky Section meeting, Section Director: Eddie van den Berg
LMDSS Field Trip

Remember to log on to the ASV website to obtain the gate/clubroom codes.

Sat 25 April - Sun 26 April

LMDSS Field Trip (Members Only)

6.00pm Sat 25-Apr - 6.00am Sun 26-Apr

LMDSS Field Trip (Members Only)
Remember to obtain the gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV website.

Sun 26 April

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Historical Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

For more information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 26 April

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood 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 29 April


7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 1 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 ASV Lodge

Sun 3 May

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Introduction to polar alignment and focusing techniques
Location: ASV Lodge
Presenters: TBA
Synopsis: introduce the commonly used techniques to achieve polar alignment
and focus. The session will emphasise approaches appropriate for those
starting out in the hobby.
For more information, please contact Section Director: Nick Jones

Mon 4 May

Full Moon

Mon 4 May

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

More events: Calendar