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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 weΒ 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.


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$5 Per Ticket - buy it now!!

Buy a ticket to our “President Has Gone Completely Mad Raffle”
and go into the draw for your chance to win one of
two Skywatcher Star Adventurers supplied by Sky-Watcher Australia with a
Skywatcher tripod for each Star Adventurer supplied by Sidereal Trading Pty Ltd!!!

Prize Kit comes with the following:

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Package

Some sort of Tri-Pod (waiting on Sidereal Trading P/L)

Raffle Value $1676. The prize includes fully insured courier delivery.

Funds raised will go towards the ASV (Remote Observatory Project)

The raffle is open to Australian residents only.

The raffle will be drawn at the ASV 100th Year Anniversary AstroTalk on 5th July 2022 at approx. 9:30pm.

The winner will be notified by email.


ASV AstroTalk - 100th Anniversary Event

On July 5th, 1922, the first monthly meeting of the Astronomical Society of Victoria

took place at the Athenaeum Theatre. 100 years later, on July 5th, 2022 we return to where it all began. 

When: Tuesday July 5th 8pm 

Where: Athenaeum Theatre and Live on Facebook or YouTube

Those attending in person must book at ticket through the link 

Ticket Bookings


Public Stargazing Event

The Astronomical Society of Victoria invites you to another public stargazing night at Caulfield Racecourse Reserve!

 See the night sky through our volunteers telescopes

When: Saturday July 23rd From 7pm - 10pm

Where: Caulfield Racecourse Reserve

Cost: $10 Per person (Children under 12 free) Only 250 tickets!!


 Be sure to dress for the weather on the day.


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





Crux Magazine

The latest 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.



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 4 July

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Leigh Green

Tue 5 July

ASV 100th Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Presenter and topics: 

Dr Fred Watson: Astronomy in the era of satellite mega-constellations
Dr Sara Web: The biggest mysteries in astronomy uncovered in the last 100 year

Free event but bookings must be made:  Bookings

Doors open at 7:30pm and please be seated by 7:55pm

Wed 6 July

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
The meeting will be held at 8 pm on Wednesday 6th July 2022 on Zoom only.
The Main Topic for discussion is: β€œMilky Way & Andromeda Collision”

β€œAll Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”
Note: ASV members only

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

Thu 7 July

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: online Zoom

  • Discussion: Potential Project for members to get involved with early discussion to identify potential projects best suited to section re: NASA’s Citizen Scientist programs.
  • Historical event of the Month: Looking at the 1960s Russian Mission to land on the Moon (view 12 min doco and discuss)
  • News – Capstone launch & timeline to the moon / Bepicolombo 2nd flyby of Mercury (images) / NASA update on β€˜Psyche’ Mission’ / Cancelled & Postponed Missions from NASA, ESA and other Space Agencies.
  • Main – In depth discussion on James Webb Space Telescope ( Mission statement / equipment / location / issues / expectations / operation) in the lead up to the release of images / data from JWST on July 12th
For more information, contact Section Director: Kate Green

Fri 8 July

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge on
0414 562 631

Fri 15 July

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Online via Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Stewart Beveridge

Sat 16 July

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Mon 18 July

Radio Astronomy (via Zoom)

7.45pm - 10.45pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: Online Via Zoom
For further information contact Section Director: Phil Costigan

Tue 19 July

ASV Committee meeting

8.00pm - 9.30pm

Wed 20 July

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic: Galaxies are the largest visible building Blocks of our Universe
Location: Zoom & ASV Lodge

For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand:

Thu 21 July

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

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

Sat 23 July

Public Viewing Night

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145, Australia

Tickets are limited to 250!!! Cost: $10 per person (Children under 12 free) - BOOKINGS
See the night sky through our volunteer's telescopes
Be sure to dress for the weather on the day

Sun 24 July

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: TBA
Presenters: TBA
Location: ASV Lodge or Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Tom Fowler

Fri 29 July

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.

More events: Calendar