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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.

The Astronomical Society of Victoria would like to say that In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.



Please be advised that the LMDSS will be closed until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience.


Note: The LMDSS is still subject to government rules and regulation which are currently in force.



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 13th October 2021 starts at 8:00 pm.
Topic: Investigating the stellar graveyard: observing our Universe through gravitational waves
Speaker: Shanika Galaudage, Monash University
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 Oct-Nov 2021

The Oct-Nov 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.

Mon 18 October

Radio Astronomy (via Zoom)

7.45pm - 10.45pm

Location: Zoom -
For further information contact Section Director: Robert Arrowsmith

Tue 19 October

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm


Topic: Solar System Tour

Presenter: Dr Tanya Hill, Melbourne Planetarium                                  

Online Zoom -

Due to Covid lockdowns, Tanya has decided that visits will not be made to the Planetarium for the rest of 2021 but it will be held online via Zoom instead

For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Tue 19 October

ASV Committee Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

All members are welcome.
Please see the website under Zoom Meetings for the link.

Wed 20 October

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic: Astronomy Observing Challenges

We dig into why budding astronomers need an observing challenge. The Messier Hunt and Lunar 100 are popular examples, but wait there's more.

Location: Zoom -
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand:

Thu 21 October

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

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

Sun 24 October

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: TBA
Presenters: TBA
Location: Zoom -
For more information, contact Section Director: Tom Fowler

Mon 25 October

Astrophotography Boot Camp - Introduction to Image Processing

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: Zoom -

Wed 27 October


7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting

Fri 29 October - Tue 2 November

VicSouth - Online

4.00pm Fri 29-Oct - 5.00pm Tue 2-Nov

Link for watching online will be provided closer to the date.

Sun 31 October

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: To be confirmed

Location: To be confirmed
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Mon 1 November

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Leigh Green

Tue 2 November

ASV Committee Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

All members are welcome.
Please see the website under Zoom Meetings for the link.

Wed 3 November

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics

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

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

Thu 4 November

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

More events: Calendar