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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 8th September 2021 starts at 8:00 pm.
Presenter: Stephanie Bernard, The University of Melbourne
Topic: Looking Back In Time With The Hubble Space Telescope
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.

Mon 20 September

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 21 September

The Diurnals (Zoom)

10.30am - 12.15pm


Topic” “Unsung Heroine” - Jocelyn Bell

Includes Half Hour lecture ‘THE CORPSES OF MASSIVE STARS’ relating to Jocelyn’s discovery of neutron stars, or pulsars.

Presenter: Dr. Alex Filippenko – University of California, Berkeley

For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 22 September

Cosmology and Astro-Physics 101 (for beginners)

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Cosmology and Astro-Physics 101 (for beginners) 
The meeting will be held at 8 pm on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at ASV Lodge and also on Zoom 
Beginners Cosmology and Astro-Physics” (continued) 
Note: ASV members only

Fri 24 September

Club Section meeting

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.

Sun 26 September

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: To be confirmed

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

Tue 28 September

Astrophotography Boot Camp - Polar Alignment

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Wed 29 September


7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting

Fri 1 October

Club Section - To be confirmed

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings will recommence on Friday, 28th May 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 18.
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.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Sat 2 October - Sun 3 October

Deep Sky Section Meeting

6.00pm Sat 2-Oct - 8.00am Sun 3-Oct

Location: LMDSS

Bring a plate to share at supper.

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Mon 4 October

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Leigh Green

Wed 6 October

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 7 October

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 8 October

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

Tue 12 October

Astrophotography Boot Camp - Guiding

7.30pm - 9.30pm

More events: Calendar