Welcome to the AAS

Founded in 1923 and now with over 600 members, the Auckland Astronomical Society is one of New Zealand's largest

We are based at the Auckland Observatory and provide for all levels of interest and expertise in astronomy. We are committed to educating our members in the science of astronomy and to keeping them up-to-date with current astronomical developments and discoveries.

The Society members provide voluntary support for the Stardome Observatory public programs.


The 2017 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition

Calling all Astrophotographers, the 2017 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition is now open for entries, this year our judge is world-renowned planetary photographer Damian Peach, in 2010, Damian became the only Briton to win the prestigious Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Award for his composite photograph of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede and Io, orbiting the stormy surface of the Gas Giant.

Damian is arguably the worlds most well known planetary photographer, his high resolution images of the planets have been compared in quality to the kind of images captured by orbiting spacecraft! So we are truly lucky to have Damian on board as our judge for this years competition.

As in previous years we are lucky to have Australian Sky & Telescope on board as sponsors of both the Solar System category and the Miscellaneous / Artistic category, the winners of these categories will receive a one year subscription to the magazine as well as the usual cash prize. More sponsors to be announced soon.

The competition cutoff date is the 31st of August and the competition awards will be announced at the annual Burbidge dinner which is the Society's premier annual event, keep an eye out on the society website for details on the forthcoming Burbidge dinner.

Looking forward to seeing all your images and wishing you all clear skies.

Download the Competition Entry Form

Download the Conditions of Entry

Upcoming Events

Astrophotography Special Interest Group - August
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

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Astrophotography Special Interest Group - August
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome

Processing Astro Photographs Using Photoshop


(Much of this applies to GIMP as well)


Continuing on from last months meeting, we keep the theme of processing the raw data from the camera. Last month it was MaxIM, taking the FITS and stacking them into a 16bit TIF. This month, we take that TIF and manipulate it in Photoshop to produce a PNG or JPG suitable for display.


Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:

Astronomy Software

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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:

Astronomy Software

This month we will be reviewing desktop, mobile and web astronomy applications. We will discuss their features and how you can use them to aid your planning for observing, astro-photography and improving your general astronomy knowlege.



Film Night August -
Monday 28 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Film Night August -
Monday 28 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months documentary is:

Title

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Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 01 Sep, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6-13yrs.

Margaret leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.

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Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 01 Sep, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6-13yrs.

Margaret leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.




Intro to Astronomy - September
Monday 04 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

Galaxies V: Galaxy Formation and Evolution
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Intro to Astronomy - September
Monday 04 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

Galaxies V: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the fifth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will cover how the first galaxies formed, and then how they have evolved into the massive structures we see today in our local universe.

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor David M. Meyer of Northwestern University, USA. 

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

Whether you are a beginner or a more knowledgeable member of the society, you will not be disappointed. Come and explore the universe together! 



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