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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.



Due to the current health situation the ASV executive has reviewed the current situation and has decided to suspend all ASV activities until further notice. 

Therefore all section meetings, AFTP and monthly meetings, are suspended. 

As a result the LMDSS is effected and will remain closed.

The ASV executive will continue to review the situation and keep all memmbers informed of any changes. 


Crux Magazine for February - March

The February-March edition of Crux is now available for downloading by Members.


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.

Tue 17 March - Tue 14 April

All ASV meetings and activities are suspended and LMDSS is closed.

After much deliberation and consultation, I have decided that the ASV will be suspending all activities for a period of 4 weeks starting today 17th March 2020, due to the worsening situation of the CoronaVirus outbreak. We have a duty of care to our members which we do not take lightly.
This means that our public monthly meeting, AftP events and Section meetings will no longer be held until further notice. LMDSS will also be closed during this time.
Over this period, we will be monitoring the situation closely and as soon as we can, we will return to normal operation.
Thank you for your patience.
Steve Pattie
ASV President

Fri 10 April - Mon 13 April


10.00am Fri 10-Apr - 4.00pm Mon 13-Apr

Location: Parkes NSW 2870, Australia

For more information:

Wed 15 April

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic: Our Sun
TheSun, neighbouring Planets & other orbiting bodies to be found in ourcelestial backyard.

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

Fri 17 April

Lunar and Planetary Section

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

Sat 18 April

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Mon 20 April

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Clint Jeffrey

Tue 21 April

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm


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

Wed 22 April

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 22 April

Cosmology and Astro-Physics 101

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Cosmology and Astro-Physics 101
“Beginners Cosmology and Astro-Physics session”

Note: ASV members only

Location: ASV Lodge
Contact: Ross Berner
Mobile: 0403 167 004

Fri 24 April

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.

Sat 25 April - Sun 26 April

Deep Sky Section

6.00pm Sat 25-Apr - 8.00am Sun 26-Apr

Location: LMDSS
If travelling to LMDSS log in at for gate and clubhouse codes.

Bring a plate to share at supper.

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner  

Sun 26 April

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 5.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 26 April

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

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

Location: Meet in the ASV Library at 1:50pm
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Sun 26 April

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.00 to 7.45pm and after from approx. 10:00 to 10:45pm
+ Members' Night - from 7pm to 7:50pm
+ Last Sunday of month - 2pm to 4pm

The Library is now in the old Government Astronomers’ Office which is in the north west corner of the main building at Melbourne Observatory.
There are currently a large number of books and magazines, surplus to the Library’s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland, 0418 356 832

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