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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.

 

 

Crux Magazine Feb-Mar now available

For those members waiting to get a hold of the latest edition of Crux, it is now available for download.

Definitely something to read on your favorite electronic device tonight!

 

The Australian Night Sky - February 2016

The latest edition of The Australian Night Sky is now available. Thanks to member Wayne Roberts for putting this together. You can view the page here.

Wayne writes this monthly - and published at the start of the month, so keep an eye on the website for updates.

 

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.

 

NACAA XXVII, Sydney Easter 2016

National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers (NACAA)

The Sutherland Astronomical Society Inc (SASI) will host the 27th NACAA in Sydney over the Easter 2016 weekend, March 25-28. The theme of the event is "50 Years of NACAA." Everyone interested in amateur astronomy in Australia and beyond, past and future, is invited to attend. 

NACAA has become a significant national forum at which amateur astronomers can exchange experiences, stay abreast of the latest trends, foster co-operative activities between individuals, societies and the professional sphere, and network amongst their peers throughout Australia and beyond.

The 27th NACAA will be held over Easter 2016 at the University of Sydney. The venue is the New Law Building Annex world class fully tiered lecture theatres, and interactive workshop rooms. You can find out much more at: http://nacaa.org.au/2016

 

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.

Wed 10 February

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood Ave, Melbourne

ASV Library (Members Only)
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 10 February

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: The Rosetta Mission
Speaker: Dr Babs Fairchild, RMIT

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

Fri 12 February

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 12 February

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

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 February

Members Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Members Night
Location: GMT House

Sat 13 February - Sun 14 February

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

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

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 15 February

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Tue 16 February

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Visit to Swinburne University Reality Theatre, Hawthorn
Speaker: Dr Chris Fluke
Topic: Post-Grad speakers with complete format to be advised
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 17 February

Cosmology & Astrophysics

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Cosmology & Astrophysics Section meeting

Discussion of current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics

The Main Topic for discussion is: “Searching for Planet X"

“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”

Location: ASV Lodge

“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”

Contact: Ross Berner
Phone: 9886 6679 (A/H)
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: rossberner@optusnet.com.au

Fri 19 February

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

Sat 20 February

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sun 21 February

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Astrophotography Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Nick Jones

Wed 24 February

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 26 February

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.

More events: Calendar