Melbourne Observatory


Starry Skies night tours) is currently not running, However the ASV hopes to have these sessions up and running again in the near future.


Melbourne Observatory commenced operations in 1863 and achieved a great deal of practical value for Victoria before it was decommissioned from official Government work in 1945. Melbourne Observatory site has been under the stewardship of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria since the mid 1990s. In early 2018 it was added to the National Heritage list as part of the "Melbourne Domain and Memorial Precinct". It is truly a National treasure and well worth a visit.

The reinstallation of the reconstructed Great Melbourne Telescope of 1869 in its original building at the Melbourne Observatory is underway with the instigation of the ASV.

Observation at the Melbourne Observatory

Pictured above, some brand new Astronomers observing the Sun for the first time through the original Photo Heliograph in the South Equatorial Room.

Historical Instruments at the Melbourne Observatory

Shown above on the left the Campiche clock and on the right the Shepherd clock.

Shown above is the Melbourne Observatories original Siemens, Halske and Co Chronograph

Shown above is the Fillet Chronograph