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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.

 

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MEMBERS BELOW

COVID Safe 

LMDSS is Now Open for Booking -  Please see the Normal LMDSS Bookings page for More details.

 

 

Wine Under The Stars

Share a night of wonder and wine under the stars with the Astronomical Society of Victoria at Shiraz Republic.
All funds raised will go to the ASV's Pathways to The Planets (All Abilities Astronomy) Project.
When: Saturday 26th June 2021, 6pm - 11pm
Where: Shiraz Republic (Cornella Brewery) - 507 Hamblin Rd, Cornella
Cost: $95 Per Person


What's included:
- A glass of Shiraz Republic Wine or Cornella Brewery Beer.
- A choice of 3 meal options provided by Beatbox Food Truck (Set menu - see options below).
- A guided tour of the night sky, including viewing through telescopes and live projected images. You'll see galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more!
- Astronomy themed quiz. The winner will receive a 1 year ASV membership and a pair of binoculars (courtesy of Sidereal Trading).


Meal Options:
1. Fried Chicken Sandwich + Fries, Popcorn Chicken, Pickles & Sauces.
(Crispy chicken, lettuce, pickles, miso buttermilk dressing)
2. Shroom Burger + Fries, Tofu, Pickles & Sauces
(Whole portobello, lettuce, onion, tomato, gouda cheese & stereo sauce (vegetarian or vegan available)
3. Raph Burger + Fries, Popcorn Chicken, Pickles & Sauces (155gm beef, gouda cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, stereo sauce)


Purchase your tickets through TryBooking - https://www.trybooking.com/BQUQD

 

Beerstronomy

Beerastronomy

Join us on Tuesday the 29th of June at Tiny’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Scoresby for a night of astronomy with a virtual tour of the night sky, telescope viewing, live image stacking and astronomy-themed quiz.

All funds raised will go to the ASV's Pathways to The Planets - AAA Project.

When: Tuesday, June 29th from 6:30pm - 10pm
Where: Tiny’s Bar & Bottle Shop - Shop 1/1333 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby, VIC 3179
Beer: Hawkers Beer Hazy Pale

Quiz Prize: $20 Tiny’s Bar Voucher & Binoculars (Supplied by Sidereal Trading)

Cost: $40 Pp (includes 1 pot of beer & Cheese Platter)
Purchase Your Tickets through TryBooking - www.trybooking.com/BQTQL

 

Public Stargazing Night

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Come and see the cosmos with your own eyes by joining us for our public stargazing night at Caulfield Racecourse Reserve on Saturday July 17th 2021 from 7:30pm (weather permitting).

Our members will be showing you celestial objects that have inspired astronomers throughout history. This will be a chance to view nebulae, galaxies, open clusters and much more.

Only 200 Tickets Available

Tickets are $2 and can be booked at https://www.trybooking.com/BSKLH

This is a Covid Safe event

Please check our social media platforms to ensure the event is going ahead on the day.

 

Gift Certificate

Looking for that unique present to buy a loved one or friend?  Well, look no further.... share the universe with a gift a one-year membership to the Astronomical Society of Victoria. Contact us via email

Gift Certificate

   

ASV Monthly Meetings

 

The ASV Monthly Meetings (held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month) are now being streamed through our public Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 14th July 2021 starts at 8:00 pm.
Topic: Mercury 13; Presenter: Dr Clare Kenyon, University of Melbourne
The presentation will be followed by Perry’s Sky for the Month.
The Monthly meetings are live-streamed to our Facebook page via YouTube.
Missed the meeting?  You can now catch up on the ASV YouTube channel

 

  

  

Pathways to the Planets

Here at the Astronomical Society of Victoria, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn about and observe the wonders of our universe.

That's why we've initiated our Pathways to the Planets project - to raise valuable funds for improving the facilities at our dark sky site which will enable access to the site and purpose-built astronomical equipment for limited mobility and low vision observers.

To read more about this exciting project or to donate to this incredible cause, please visit: Pathways to the Planet

Crux Magazine for April-May 2021

The April-May edition of Crux is now available for downloading by Members.

Crux Extra!

Crux Extra comes out weekly with articles on Astronomy and related areas.


Visit the Members Area and go to Downloads.

ASV 2021 Yearbook Online

The ASV 2021 Yearbook is now available in PDF for downloading by Members.

ASV Items For Sale

A section in the ASV Forum has been created for members wanting to buy or sell Astronomical Items.

Please log in to the Members Only section and visit the Forum or click on the 'Chat' icon.

The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

Here's a link to a story by Liz Clarkson with a number of images of ASV members hard at work in restoring the Great Melbourne Telescope. It gives a little bit of history and outlines the aims and current status of the project to bring this telescope back to Melbourne Observatory, in a working condition for members of the public to look through. It was once the largest steerable telescope in the world back in the late 1880s.

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 25 June

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings will recommence on Friday, 25 June 2021.
The meetings will be held at the ASV Lodge on the first and last Friday of the month between 8:00pm – 11:00pm.
Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the maximum number of attendees allowed is limited to 20.
Members wishing to attend a Club Section meeting must register via the ‘trybooking’ link located in the Members’ area under Club Section.
Once the maximum number of attendees has been reached, no further registrations can be made for that meeting night.

Sun 27 June

Solar Section meeting - live stream

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location:

This meeting will be a live-stream through the ASV public Facebook page and the ASV YouTube channel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theasv/
YouTube: https://bit.ly/3n4UQ4F

For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director
Email: solar@asv.org.au

Sun 27 June

Astrophotography Section meeting

3.30pm - 5.30pm


Topic: Autoguiding - Presented by Paul Litchen
Location: Zoom

Wed 30 June

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting

Thu 1 July

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: online Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Rob Arrowsmith
Email: space@asv.org.au

Fri 2 July

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

The meetings will be held at the ASV Lodge on the first and last Friday of the month between 8:00pm – 11:00pm.
Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the maximum number of attendees allowed is limited to 20.
Members wishing to attend a Club Section meeting must register via the ‘trybooking’ link located in the Members’ area under Club Section.
Once the maximum number of attendees has been reached, no further registrations can be made for that meeting night.

Wed 7 July

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting (Zoom)

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:

“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”
Note: ASV members only

Contact: Ross Berner, Section Director
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email:  cosmology@asv.org.au 

Fri 9 July

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Meeting times:-
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Sat 10 July - Sun 11 July

Deep Sky Section Meeting

6.00pm Sat 10-Jul - 8.00am Sun 11-Jul

Location: LMDSS

Bring a plate to share at supper.

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Wed 14 July

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location:

Topic: Mercury 13
Speaker: Dr Clare Kenyon, The University of Melbourne

Thu 15 July

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Bendigo District Astronomical Section (BDAS)
For more information, contact Section Director, Noel Harvie E: bendigo@asv.org.au

Fri 16 July

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Online via Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Stewart Beveridge

Sat 17 July

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sat 17 July

Stargazing for the public

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Location: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145, Australia

More information will be advised closer to the date.

More events: Calendar