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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.

 

 

Messier Star Party

May be an image of text that says 'A UNIQUE STAR GAZING OPPORTUNITY MESSIER STAR PARTY GALAXIES NEBULAE CLUSTERS EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKY March 18 BOOKNOW HOSTED BY THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA'

 

Date: Saturday 18th March 2023 and activities start from 2pm 

Entry Cost: Adult - $15; Child (Under 16) - $5; You must book one ticket per person: BOOK TICKET

Lions Club (Food) & Local Wineries will be in attendance on the day

Camping is allowed on site in designated camping areas.

UPON ARRIVAL AT LMDSS PLEASE PRESENT YOUR TICKET AT THE REGISTRATION DESK NEXT TO THE CLUBROOMS.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

Thu 9 February

Computing Section (Zoom)

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Leigh Green

Fri 10 February

Library

7.00pm - 8.00pm

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.45 to 7.45pm and after from approx. 10:00 to 10:45pm
+ Before Members' Night 7:00 - 8:00pm
+ Last Sunday of month - 2pm to 4pm

The Library is now in the old Government Astronomers’ Office in the northwest corner of the main building at Melbourne Observatory.

For further information contact Angela Nesic: librarian@asv.org.au

Fri 10 February

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: Melbourne Observatory

Junior Section meeting times:-
7:00pm - 9:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (Daylight Saving Time)

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Fri 10 February

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: ASV Library

Contact: Alex Prygodicz, alexprygodicz@gmail.com

ASV Members meet at the ASV Library for an informal catchup and if the Melbourne skies are clear you might get a chance to look through the telescopes.

Sat 11 February

Public Stargazing Night - Moorleigh Reserve

9.00pm - 11.00pm

Location: 92 Bignell Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165, Australia

Moorleigh Reserve

Public Stargazing Night


The Astronomical Society of Victoria invites you to another public stargazing night at Moorleigh Village Reserve! 
Get your ticket now to our next stargazing night, The event is to be held on the reserve at Moorleigh Village Reserve and tickets are limited to 200!!! See the night sky through our volunteer's telescopes

Cost: $10 Per person (Children under 12 Free)

BOOKINGS

Wed 15 February

New Astronomers Group (Members Only)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic:        Telescopes - Essentials for getting started
Location:    Melbourne Observatory & Zoom

Let's have a discussion about different telescope types, telescope mounts, all the accessories and what they do.  I am looking for a few people to show their telescope and/or viewing tips. 
This can be via Zoom or in-person at Melbourne Observatory.
If you can help out please e-mail ken: nag@asv.org.au
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand: 
E:nag@asv.org.au

Thu 16 February

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Bendigo District Astronomical Section (BDAS)
For more information, contact Section Director, Graeme Gilmour E: bendigo@asv.org.au

Fri 17 February

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Melbourne Observatory and Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Stewart Beveridge

Sat 18 February

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Location: Moorleigh Community Centre (Bentmoor Men's Shed)
For further information contact Section Director: Mark Justice

Sat 18 February - Sun 19 February

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 18-Feb - 8.00am Sun 19-Feb

Location: LMDSS
Bring a plate to share for supper
Contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner (deepsky@asv.org.au or call 0439 374 159) for more information.

Mon 20 February

Radio Astronomy

7.45pm - 10.45pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: Melbourne Observatory and Zoom
For further information contact Section Director: Phil Costigan

Tue 21 February

ASV Committee meeting

8.00pm - 9.30pm

Fri 24 February

Club Section meeting

8.00pm - 11.00pm


Club Section is the perfect place to meet other ASV members, share your passion, and learn about the basics of astronomy in an informal setting. Ideal for new members and long-term members and a great way to meet others. 

Location: Moorleigh Community Centre (Bentmoor Men's Shed) on the first and last Friday of the month between 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

You are welcome to drop in for as short or as long a visit as you like, during these hours.
For further information, contact Section Director: Vince Lo Schiavo

Fri 24 February

Sidewalk Astronomy, Bendigo

8.00pm - 9.30pm

Location: Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Pl, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia


Sidewalk Astronomy is Bendigo's favourite astronomy event and is held every month next to the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place (opposite Marketplace).

Bring the family to see cool astro-stuff through our telescopes, our volunteers will give you a tour of the features of the night sky. Small groups are welcome.
For more information, contact: Brien Blackshaw, Ph 03 5447 7690, Email: secretary@bdas.net
Website: https://www.bdas.net/sidewalk-astronomy

More events: Calendar