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

Film Night June -
Monday 26 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Alastair Emerson

This Months documentary is:

10 Equations That Changed the World

The history of 10 world changing equation
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Film Night June -
Monday 26 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months documentary is:

10 Equations That Changed the World

The history of 10 world changing equations, and more importantly, how they have changed the way we understand the world.

Crashing Into the Moon.

A documentary on where lunar exploration is headed, and the possibility of using lunar resources.


Intro to Astronomy - July
Monday 03 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies IV: Large Scale Structures and The Local Group ...more

Intro to Astronomy - July
Monday 03 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Galaxies IV: Large Scale Structures and The Local Group

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the fourth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will include

·        Sky Surveys

·        History of discovering other galaxies and large scale structures

·        Spatial Distribution of Galaxies

o  Galaxy Clusters

o  The Local Group

o  Galaxy Superclusters

o  The Laniakea Supercluster

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. He will focus of ultraviolet observations of galaxies, and the predicted merger of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. Both the discussion and lecture compliment each other, and will aim to impart:

·        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! 



Young Astronomers - Jul
Friday 07 Jul, 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 - Jul
Friday 07 Jul, 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.




Monthly Meeting Jul -
Monday 10 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Richard Sorrenson

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

The Dollonds and the invention of the achro
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Monthly Meeting Jul -
Monday 10 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

The Dollonds and the invention of the achromatic lens in the eighteenth century

Isaac Newton first declared, in the 1660s, it was impossible, due to the laws of optics, to make an achromatic refracting lens; only a reflecting lens could be achromatic.  So great was Newtons authority no one repeated the experiments that underlay his claim for nearly a century.  The story of how a telescope maker in London, John Dollond, finally repeated these experiments and produced the first achromatic refracting lenses available to the public in the 1760s is a fascinating and dramatic one and features other claimants to the invention, patent trials, and a bitter family dispute.


Richard Sorrenson has long had an interest in the history ofastronomy and obtained his PhD in the history of science from Princeton University.  He is the author of Perfect Mechanics: Instrument Makers at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century (Docent Press, BostonMass., 2013) and manages the University of Auckland Foundation and its endowment fund. Richard is also a trustee of the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust (Stardome).






Practical Astronomy Jul -
Monday 17 Jul, 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:


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Practical Astronomy Jul -
Monday 17 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


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Astrophotography SIG - July - Processing with MAXIM
Monday 17 Jul, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

Keith will be taking you through a step by step guide to processing images with MaxIM DL. Includes, stacking, stretching, and some basic processing.
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Astrophotography SIG - July - Processing with MAXIM
Monday 17 Jul, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome

Keith will be taking you through a step by step guide to processing images with MaxIM DL. Includes, stacking, stretching, and some basic processing.


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