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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.


Karma Keg 2.0

Join us at the Grape & Grain for a night of astronomy with a virtual tour of the night sky,

viewing through telescopes,

live image stacking and astronomy-themed quiz.

The ASV Team will have our volunteers on hand to share the wonders of the night sky with you. 

Tickets are limited to 70

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

When: April 21st from 6pm

Where: Grape & Grain - Station Street, Moorabbin

Beer: Bad Shepherd Lager

Cost: $20 Per person (includes 1 pint of beer)

    Karma Keg
Book Your Ticket Now! - Bookings      

Note: Live Stacking & Viewing of objects subject to clear skies

Covid Safe Event -




ASV Public Viewing Night

Public Stargazing Night

Come and see the cosmos with your own eyes by joining us for our public stargazing night at Caulfield Racecourse Reserve on Friday 23rd April 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.


Tickets are free and can be booked at Bookings

This is a Covid Safe event -

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


Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

The ASV will be viewing the lunar eclipse (Blood Moon). So, come on down and join us.
If you can’t make it we will be live streaming the event from Princes Bridge.
Blood Moon is not a scientific term, though in recent times it is being widely used to refer to a total lunar eclipse because a fully eclipsed Moon often takes on a reddish colour.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the Earth's umbra and blocks all direct sunlight from illuminating the Moon's surface.

However, some sunlight still reaches the lunar surface indirectly, via the Earth's atmosphere, bathing the Moon in a reddish, yellow, or orange glow.
When: 26th May from 7:30 - 10:30pm
Where: Princes Bridge, St Kilda Rd., Melbourne 
Cost: Free


Covid Safe Event - Submitted checklist.


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 Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 12th May 2021 starts at 8:00 pm.
Topic: The Formation and Life of Black Holes by Bruno Zielke, ASV member.
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

 Bruno AGM




The LMDSS is now open, under the COVID SUMMER guidelines, for All members from 21st December 2020.
Please see the LMDSS Access Information page in the Members area for more information.

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 23 April

ASV Public Stargazing Night

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.

Wed 28 April


7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting

Wed 5 May

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics

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

Contact: Ross Berner, Section Director
Mobile: 0403 167 004

Thu 6 May

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: online Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Rob Arrowsmith

Sat 8 May - Sun 9 May

Deep Sky Section Meeting

6.00pm Sat 8-May - 8.00am Sun 9-May

Location: LMDSS

Bring a plate to share at supper.

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Wed 12 May

ASV Annual General meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Annual General Meeting, and
Topic: The Formation and Life of Black Holes
Speaker: Bruno Zielke, ASV Member

Everybody is welcome and the night will end with a delicious supper and it is FREE
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 14 May

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 15 May

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Mon 17 May

Radio Astronomy (via Zoom)

7.45pm - 10.45pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: Online Via Zoom
For further information contact Section Director: Robert Arrowsmith

Tue 18 May

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm


Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 19 May

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm


Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand:

Thu 20 May

Bendigo District Astronomical Section (BDAS)

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Bendigo District Astronomical Section (BDAS)
For more information, contact Section Director, Noel Harvie E:

Fri 21 May

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

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

Sat 22 May

Astronomy Fair rescheduled till 19th June

4.00pm - 5.00pm

More events: Calendar