Welcome to the AAS

Founded in 1923 and now with around 500 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 Auckland Observatory public programs.
 

2014 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition Winners

A small movie of the official results of the 2014 Harry Williams Trophy Astrophotography Competition, it's best to watch in YouTube, turn the quality up to 1080p, let the movie load and enjoy.

http://youtu.be/cGXKjFGTG9g

4 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition Entries

Please click on the link below to see a movie of all the entries submitted for the 2014 Harry Williams Trophy Astrophotography Competition which showcase some of the best astrophotographers in New Zealand. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2uqsmqRQdo

Upcoming Events

Intro to Astronomy Feb -
Monday 02 Feb, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bernie Brenner

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

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Intro to Astronomy Feb -
Monday 02 Feb, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Young Astronomers - Feb
Friday 06 Feb, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

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

At 7pm Margaret Arthur leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and
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Young Astronomers - Feb
Friday 06 Feb, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun Room

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

At 7pm Margaret Arthur leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.




Monthly Meeting Feb -
Monday 09 Feb, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: -

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

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Monthly Meeting Feb -
Monday 09 Feb, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Young Astronomers - Feb 2nd Group
Friday 13 Feb, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun Room
Speaker/Host: David Wardle

The program for the 1st Term of 2015 for the older group of Young Astronomers is to look at building a sundial.

While the focus will be to support the Young Astronomers in this project,
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Young Astronomers - Feb 2nd Group
Friday 13 Feb, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun Room

The program for the 1st Term of 2015 for the older group of Young Astronomers is to look at building a sundial.

While the focus will be to support the Young Astronomers in this project, The is likely to be some interest from other AAS Members who are also welcome to attend. This will be an ongoing practical project which will continue from 8:00pm on the first Friday of each month.

There are many different design possibilities for sundials and each style has different benefits.

To start with, I will go through some different design types and see if there is any interest from you to build your own sundial at home.
I hope that this will be an interactive, practically based program.

A well designed sundial can tell you both the time of day and day of the year (provided the sun in shinning).

To start with, please refresh yourselves with:
        • Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion,
        • Obliquity of the ecliptic, the Sun’s declination, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn,
        • The Equation of Time,
        • Equinoxes, and
        • The terms umbra and penumbra, great circle and small circle.

Please try and locate your home’s (or the location of the sundial’s) latitude and longitude.

I have uploaded a SketchUp file of the sundial at the Hamilton Gardens. I will be using this to explain some of the geometry of sundials.
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1isuluh2zcds4y/Sundial.skp?dl=0

In order to view this file, you will need to have SketchUp Make or SketchUp Pro installed on your computer or tablet.
        http://www.sketchup.com/download



Astrophotography Group Feb -
Monday 16 Feb, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

The Astrophotography Group discusses the practical aspects of astrophotography. This months topic is:

Introduction to Astrophotography.

This will be a "get to know you meeti
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Astrophotography Group Feb -
Monday 16 Feb, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Astrophotography Group discusses the practical aspects of astrophotography. This months topic is:

Introduction to Astrophotography.

This will be a "get to know you meeting" where we can introduce ourselves to each other as well as finding out what equipment each of us uses. Following that, if there is time, we will cover some of the basics of getting started in astrophotography.



Practical Astronomy Feb - Telescopes and Accessories.
Monday 16 Feb, 2015 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:

Telescopes and Accessories.

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Practical Astronomy Feb - Telescopes and Accessories.
Monday 16 Feb, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Telescopes and Accessories.

For this session we will be investigating the various telescope designs used by amateurs and the accessories used with them. This includes eyepieces, barlows, focal reducers and filters. We will be concentrating on visual use but much of the information will also be useful to know for photography.


View Our Other Upcoming Events
Astronz K-YB2014
2014 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
Astronz Z-D90
Erect Image Diagonal 90°
Astronz A-ET50
Extension Tube 50mm 2"
Astronz E-P12
Eyepiece 12mm Plossl 1.25"
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