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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.




LMDSS is CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO NEW RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE (As of 15th July 2021) -  Please see the Normal LMDSS Bookings page for More details.



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 11th August 2021 starts at 8:00 pm.
Topic: TBA
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.

Wed 4 August

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics

The Main Topic for discussion is:  “The Nature of Reality". Speaker: Bruno Zielke

“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”
Note: ASV members only

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

Thu 5 August

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 6 August

Club Section

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 7 August - Sun 8 August

Deep Sky Section Meeting

6.00pm Sat 7-Aug - 8.00am Sun 8-Aug

Location: LMDSS

Bring a plate to share at supper.

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Wed 11 August

ASV Special General Meeting

7.00pm - 8.00pm

Wednesday 11 August, at 19:00, by Zoom:

The sole purpose of the meeting is to move and vote on this Special Resolution:

That ASV Inc adopts new constitutional Rules, being the Model Rules in the
 Association Incorporation Reform Act 2012, amended thus:

* in Clauses 1-3, fill in club name, statement of purposes, and financial year, as in the existing Rules

* in Clauses 32(1) and 36(2), change the quorum for general meetings from "10%" to "25 voting members"

* in Clause 44, define that there are "three" ordinary members of the Committee

* also in Clause 44, add the Property Manager, for a total of eight Committee members

* add a new Clause 58(4) "Any paid-up member may attend any Committee meeting as an observer."

* in Clause 63(2), change the quorum for a Committee meeting from "a majority" to "four".

NOTE: For reference, ASV's existing Rules, and the Model Rules from the 2012 Act, and this motion are fully stated in the members' area - link below. 

Dr Stephen Roberts

ASV Secretary - - 0414 991 231

Wed 11 August

ASV Monthly meeting via Zoom

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Topic: To be advised
Speaker: Dr Katie Auchettl, The University of Melbourne

Fri 13 August

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

Mon 16 August

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 17 August

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm


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

Wed 18 August

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm


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

Thu 19 August

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 20 August

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

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

Sat 21 August

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sun 22 August

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

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

More events: Calendar