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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.


Jupiter & Saturn Great Conjunction

The rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn planets is known as a great conjunction and will next occur on December 21. The last great conjunction occurred in the year 2000. The two bright planets will appear only 7 arc minutes of each other in the night sky. They will be so close that they will appear to make a bright double planet. Jupiter and Saturn will appear to almost merge as one to the unaided eye. The planets have not been this apparently close since July 1623.

A team of ASV volunteers wish to share this event with you, allowing you an opportunity to see these planets together using our telescopes.

We're running this registered COVIDSafe event at an area within Caulfield Race Course Reserve.

This a gold coin donation event. Bookings are essential. Book your attendance via these links:

Conjunction Poster

December 17th
December 19th
December 21st

No entry permitted without a ticket.

Face masks must be worn while at the event. Social Distancing (1.5metres) and good hygiene must be practised.
Please review these guidelines on hygiene and physical distancing.

COVIDSafe Marshalls will be in attendance.

The organisers have registered a COVIDSafe Event Checklist with the Victorian Government.
This checklist can be viewed here.




LMDSS Update


The LMDSS has reopened (conditionally) for All Victorian members from 13th November 2020.
1.   The LMDSS is still subject to government rules and regulation which are currently in force.
2.   Opening dates will be limited to Dark Sky weekends.
3.   Attendance is limited by Covid 19 rules.
See “COVID SAFE PLAN LMDSS 22 Nov” in the members download area for instructions and booking process.
The next dark sky weekend is 11th - 13th December 2020. Xmas Star-B-Que
Bookings will open at 06:00hrs on Friday 4th December 2020.

See members section for details. 

Book your attendance via this link: Bookings open Friday 4th Dec, 2020. :



Room bookings are made through LMDSS Beds

See Members section for further details.


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


Interviews with ASV Sections

ASV Member Elise Bianchi has started a series of podcasts as an assignment for postgraduate studies.

Episode 4  - Elise speaks with Ken Le Marquand, past president of the ASV and section director of the New Astronomers Group. We talk about how the New Astronomers Group has changed over the years, what it has to offer for new members, and how to get involved.
Episode 5 -  Elisa speaks with Jim Pollock, Director of the Great Melbourne Telescope restoration section. Jim tells us about the history and origins of the Great Melbourne Telescope, which was once the largest fully steerable telescope in the world, and the long road to restoring it.

Click here for the interview

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 Monthly Meeting for November 2020 starts at 8:00pm and the topics will be: New Astronomers Group (NAG) and Astrophotography section talk for beginners.

The presentation will be followed by Perry’s Sky for the Month.


Crux Magazine for October-November 2020

The October-November 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 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:

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 6 December

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: TBA
Presenters: TBA
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Mon 7 December

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Craig Boyd
Location: ASV Lodge

Wed 9 December

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Topic: 30th anniversary of our Star-B-Cue.
Speaker: Perry Vlahos

Fri 11 December

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 12 December

ASV Christmas Star-Be-Cue

11.00am - 11.00pm

Every December the ASV hosts their most popular event of the year – the Christmas Star-Be-Cue! This year’s event at our dark sky site (due to Covid19 restrictions), is open to members' only but we’ll be bringing our star party to you via a series of live streams.

Please note: This is a FREE live-streamed public event and no tickets are required. All the fun will be streamed to you LIVE and FREE via Facebook and YouTube.

Mon 14 December

Radio Astronomy (via Zoom)

7.45pm - 10.45pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: Online Via Zoom
For further information contact Section Director: Clint Jeffrey

Tue 15 December

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm


Topic: Outback Skies”
Presenter: Dr John O’Connor - U3A

Note: There is no meeting in January.  

For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 16 December

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic:  Howto use a Star Atlas, Planisphere, Starry Night, Stellarium and free charts.   

Traditionally this was How to use your Star Atlas. But it has grown to become how to use your Planisphere, Starry Night, Stellarium, free charts you can print yourself. We will also cover apps for your tablet, phablet and phone. Then there are yearbooks or your favourite column from an Astronomy magazine, like Binocular highlights.

Whatever works really well for you please consider bringing it along to share with other NAG members. After a brief intro I'll hand over to whoever has something to share. So it's BYOD (bring your own device), star atlas, planisphere or whatever you use to navigate the sky. After some basics in Stellarium we will delve a little deeper on some handy features and techniques.

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

Sat 19 December

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Wed 30 December


7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting

Sun 3 January

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: TBA
Presenters: TBA
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Mon 4 January

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Craig Boyd
Location: ASV Lodge

Wed 6 January

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

Fri 8 January

How to use your telescope

6.00pm - 10.30pm

How to use your telescope session with Perry Vlahos
Location: The Lodge
More information will be sent out closer to the date and dependent on COVID restrictions.

More events: Calendar