ASV Library

Digital SLR Astrophotography (Practical Amateur Astronomy) The Backyard Astronomer's Guide The Solar System: Exploring the Planets and Their Moons, from Mercury to Pluto and Beyond Skywatching by David Levy Why Is Uranus Upside Down? And Other Questions About the Universe Why Aren't They Here?: The Question of Life on Other Worlds The Rough Guide to the Universe History of Astronomy Universe Wandering Stars: About Planets And Exo-planets, An Introductory Notebook A Dictionary of Modern Star Names: A Short Guide to 254 Star Names and Their Derivations Eyes on the Skies: 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery Introducing the Universe Stars and Planets (Illustrated Guides) In Search of the Multiverse Voyage Across the Cosmos Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer

"The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution."

Carl Sagan


The ASV Library Is Re-Opening This Sunday The 28th Of November

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Ave., Melbourne


To access the library you must book an access pass through the link below. All attendees must comply with the current government regulations with regards to Covid-19

The ASV Library has books, DVDs, CDROMs, copies of articles, and other items covering all areas of astronomy, cosmology and other related topics. Most of these items are available for borrowing by members.

In your Library, there are over 3,000 books and other printed items. Included in these, are over 900 texts introduced since mid 1998, over 200 printed articles and about 60 antique books and other items.

Also, there are over 300 DVDs, including over 80 DVD sets, 35 CDROMs and about 70 Videos and Video CDs.

The ASV subscribes to the magazines, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope and Australian Sky & Telescope.  Bound copies of Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines, may be perused in the library. Copies of old magazine articles can be printed on the Library's printer for a small price.

Newsletters and bulletins are received from most Australian, and many overseas, societies. 

The historical section of the library houses books published prior to 1912 and valuable first editions. Though not for loan, members may peruse these in the library.

You can find a listing, by category, of all the library's acquisitions since mid 1998, below. All books and other items placed in the Library before mid 1998 can be located using the older card system in the Library.

As an ASV member, you automatically have full borrowing rights. Members are entitled to borrow up to 3 books, 2 DVDs or CDROMs and 4 magazines per month. Loans can be extended for an extra month unless another member has reserved the item.

Location and Opening Hours

The main ASV Library is situated at Melbourne Observatory in the north west corner of the main building near the car park. Parking is available for library users when the Library is open on the last Sunday of each month, in the car park adjacent to the Great Melbourne Telescope House.

There is also a selection of books, magazines and newsletters at the ASV Lodge for member's use, with the junior Library being also located at the ASV Lodge.

The main library is open on:

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Title ISBN Call number Authors Publisher Subjects
A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy. 522.632 MAR.P Patrick Martinez, Alain Klotz CCD Cameras, Astronomical Photography, CCD Imaging
Astronomy with a Home Computer 1-85233-805-9 522.85 MON.A Neale Monks Springer-Verlag, London Limited Astronomy-Data Processing, Astronomy-Computer Programs, Imaging Systems in Astronomy
Colours of the Galaxies 1-85648-126-3 523.112 MAL.C David Malin and Paul Murdin The Promotional Reprint Company Limited, for Bookmart Limited, Leicester, UK., 1993 Astrophotography, Astrophotography of Stars, Nebulae and Galaxies
Deep-Sky Video Astronomy 978-0-387-87611-5 522.63 MAS.D Steve Massey and Steve Quirk Springer Science + Business Media, New York, USA. Astrophotography, Video Astronomy, Video Astronomy - Techniques
Digital SLR Astrophotography - Practical Amateur Astronomy Series 978-0-521-70081-8 522.63 COV. D Michael Covington Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK Astronomical Photography - Amateurs' Manuals, Digital Astrophotography, Digital Image Processing
How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with Your Digital Camera 1-85233-990-X 522.63 BUI.H Tony Buick Springer-Verlag, London Limited Astronomical Photography, Astronomical Photography-Amateurs' Manuals, Photography of Solar System Objects
Introduction to Digital Astrophotography - imaging the universe with a digital camera 0-943396-83-2 522.63 REE.I Robert Reeves Willmann-Bell Inc., Richmond, Virginia, USA Astronomical Photography, Astrophotography, Astronomical Photography - Amateurs' Manuals
Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography - imaging the universe with the amazing, affordable webcam 0-943396-86-7 522.63 REE.I Robert Reeves Willmann-Bell Inc., Richmond, Virginia, USA Astronomical Photography, Astrophotography - Amateur's Manuals, Webcam Astrophotography
Lunar and Planetary Webcam Users Guide 1-84628-197-0 522.632 MOB.L Martin Mobberley Springer-Verlag London Limited Astronomical Photography, Using Webcams, Image Processing Techniques
Observer's Handbook-Astrophotography-an Introduction. 522.63 ARN.O H. J. P. Arnold Astronomical Photography - Amateur's Manuals
Photoshop Astronomy 0-943396-85-9 522.632 IRE.P R. Scott Ireland Willmann-Bell Inc., Richmond, Virginia, USA Astronomical Photography - Amateurs' Manuals, Imaging Systems - Data Processing, Astronomical Image Processing
Shooting Stars - How to Photograph the Moon and Stars with your DSLR - an E-Book 522.63 HAR.S Phil Hart Phil Hart Astronomy, Astronomical Photography, Astronomical Photography with a DSLR
Software and Data for Practical Astronomers.- The Best of the Internet - (includes a CDROM) 522 RAT.S David Ratledge Astronomy - Data Processing, Astronomy - Computer Network Resources, Internet (Computer network)
The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy 522.632 RAT.A. Edited by David Ratledge. CCD Cameras, Astronomical Photography, CCD Imaging
The CCD Camera Cookbook. How to make you own CCD Camera. 522.632 BER.C Richard Berry, Veikko Kanto, John Munger CCD Cameras, Astronomical Photography, Imaging
The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing. Includes AIP 4 WIN Software. 522.632 BER.H Richard Berry, James Burnell Imaging Systems - Data Processing, Astronomical Photography, CCD Cameras
Video Astronomy. 522.63 MAS.V Steve Massey, Thomas Dobbins, Eric Douglass Video Astronomy
Wide-Field Astrophotography - Exposing the Universe - Starting with a Common Camera. 522.63 REE.W Robert Reeves Astronomical Photography, Wide-Angle Photography