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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.

 

UPDATE: ASV Section and Monthly Meetings for Members Now on 'Zoom' 

Whilst we're all waiting for the restrictions on social gatherings to ease, the ASV is offering all its regular meetings and learning sessions via Zoom. 

Already there's much successfully conducted through ZOOM, plus we've also introduced a new weekly digital online magazine called CRUX Extra!, so members may continuously be astronomically informed.

Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page by clicking here.

 

Crux Magazine for June - July 2020

The June-July edition of Crux is now available for downloading by Members.

Crux Extra!

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

Download Issue 11
Visit the Members Area and go to Downloads.

ASV 2020 Yearbook Online

The ASV 2020 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.

The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration on Ch 9 News

Many people are not aware that Melbourne Observatory was the home of the largest steerable telescope in the world during the second half of the 1800s. There is magnificent volunteer effort from ASV members to restore the Great Melbourne Telescope and have it reinstalled in its original roll-off roof observatory not far from The Shrine. Channel 9 News presented a report on it recently and if you missed it on air, here's a link to it: https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/1058993849224163328

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.

Sun 5 July

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Operating a Remote Observatory - Presented by Tom Fowler  
Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Mon 6 July

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Craig Boyd
Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  

Wed 8 July

ASV Monthly meeting - via Zoom

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location:

Topic: The Great American Eclipse
Speaker: Phil Hart, ASV Members

Fri 10 July

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  

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

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Wed 15 July

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic: Galaxies are the largest visible building blocks of our Universe.

It is difficult with the naked eye to see anything that is not in our Milky Way Galaxy. Every individual star one can see is in our Galaxy. With a large telescope under a dark sky you can find Galaxies everywhere. But Astronomers did not always have telescopes. Humanity didn't always know the limits of our Galaxy, nor the existence of other galaxies. This knowledge came only in the 20th century. How did we come to know this?


Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand: 
E:nag@asv.org.au

Thu 16 July

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For more information, contact Section Director, Noel Harvie E: bendigo@asv.org.au

Fri 17 July

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

Sat 18 July

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For further information contact Section Director: Mark Justice

Sat 18 July

Deep Sky Section

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Mon 20 July

Radio Astronomy (via Zoom)

7.45pm - 10.45pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For further information contact Section Director: Clint Jeffrey

Tue 21 July

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Topic:  Film:   “Orbit – Earth’s Extraodinary Journey” – Episode 1, followed by discussion.
Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 22 July

Cosmology and Astro-Physics 101 – Part 3

8.00pm - 10.30pm


Cosmology and Astro-Physics 101 – part 3
The meeting will be held at 8 pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2019 on Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
“Beginners Cosmology and Astro-Physics” (continued)
Note: ASV members only
  

Fri 24 July

Sidewalk Astronomy, Bendigo AFTP

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Location: Discovery Science and Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place (opposite Marketplace)


Sidewalk Astronomy is Bendigo's favourite astronomy event and is held every month next to the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place (opposite Marketplace). Weather permitting.

Bring the family to see cool astro-stuff through our telescopes, our volunteers will give you a tour of the features of night sky. Small groups welcome.

For more information contact: Brien Blackshaw, Ph 03 5447 7690, Email: secretary@bdas.net or check out the website: http://www.bdas.net/sidewalk-astronomy

Sun 26 July

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Avenue, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Via Zoom - Members can visit the Zoom Meeting Information page on the front page of the ASV website  
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director
Email: solar@asv.org.au

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