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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 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).

 

The Australian Night Sky - May 2016

Get an informative look at the night sky!

Wayne Roberts writes The Australian Night Sky every month

You can view the page here.

 

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 27 May

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section
Location: ASV Lodge

Sat 28 May - Sun 29 May

LMDSS Field Trip

6.00pm Sat 28-May - 8.00am Sun 29-May

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 29 May

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

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

Sun 29 May

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 29 May

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

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

Topic: The 1871 Eclipse
Speaker: Nick Lomb, ASV

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

More events: Calendar