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