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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.

 

Membership Application Glitch Fixed

Apologies to anyone that has been trying to become a member of the ASV recently. A techinical problem has been preventing people from joining the fold since 1st July. It has now been fixed and the membership process is up and running once again. If you've tried unsuccessfully to become a member in the last couple of weeks, PLEASE TRY AGAIN NOW. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

 

The Australian Night Sky

Fresh off the editing desk, Wayne Roberts' The Australian Night Sky for July 2016 is now available for reading under the 'Astronomy' menu above (or click the link here).

I hope you enjoy perusing this months edition as much as I had editing it.

 

The August Monthly Meeting, Wednesday the 10th of August at 8pm

at the Mueller Hall, Birdwood Avenue

The speaker is Barry Adcock, Past President and Jupiter expert.

Who will be talking on:

400 years of Jupiter Observations

 

 

A brief history of the observations of Jupiter from Galileo to Juno will be traced. The properties of the planet and scientific discoveries will be discussed with particular emphasis on the observations made by members of the ASV and other amateur bodies.

The aims and findings of NASA spacecraft and the Juno mission will conclude the presentation.

 

 

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 27 July

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 29 July

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 30 July - Sun 31 July

LMDSS Field trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 30-Jul - 8.00am Sun 31-Jul

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

Sun 31 July

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 31 July

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

Location: GMT House
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Sun 31 July

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

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

Mon 1 August

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 5 August

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 August - Sun 7 August

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 6-Aug - 8.00am Sun 7-Aug

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

Sat 6 August - Sun 7 August

LMDSS Field trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 6-Aug - 8.00am Sun 7-Aug

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 10 August

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 10 August

Great Melbourne Telescope Section meeting

6.45pm - 8.00pm

Location: GMT House Annex
For more information, contact Section Director: Jim Pollock

Wed 10 August

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: Jupiter
Speaker: Barry Adcock, ASV
All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 12 August

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

More events: Calendar