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.
 

2015 Harry Williams Astrophotography Official Results

CLICK HERE to view the Official Results of the 2015 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition


Upcoming Events

Intro to Astronomy May - Telescopes and Observatories
Monday 02 May, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

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

Telescopes and Observatories

Basic Principles, Design and
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Intro to Astronomy May - Telescopes and Observatories
Monday 02 May, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Telescopes and Observatories

Basic Principles, Design and Technology, Site Selection.


Young Astronomers - May
Friday 06 May, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun 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 - May
Friday 06 May, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun 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.




Dark Sky Observing Night - May
Saturday 07 May, 2016 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: Ramarama School
Speaker/Host: Niven Brown

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Dark Sky Observing Night - May
Saturday 07 May, 2016 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: Ramarama School

Dark Sky Observing Night

Ramarama School
126 Ararimu Rd, Ramarama

Aother chance to observe the autumn night sky from a dark sky venue. We will also have Jupiter, Mars and Saturn in the sky during the evening. If you do not have a telescope to bring we will have some Society ones as well. The more telescopes available by twilight the better. Note that sunset is at 5:30pm but come early and bring a picnic dinner if you like.

Directions to Star Party:
Take the Southern Motorway south and exit at Ramarama. Turn left and Ramarama School is about 200m on the right. Travel time is about 30mins from central Auckland.

As this event is weather dependent – if we have to cancel, a notice will be posted by early afternoon on the day.



Monthly Meeting May - Einsteins Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe
Monday 09 May, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Dr. Robert Kirshner

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

Einsteins Blunder Undone: The Runaway Unive
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Monthly Meeting May - Einsteins Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe
Monday 09 May, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Einsteins Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe

Dr. Robert Kirshner (Harvard University)

In the past 20 years, astronomers have shown that the universe is not only expanding, but speeding up. In this talk, Dr. Kirshner, who was in many ways the "godfather" of these investigations, discussses the methods used to discover cosmic acceleration and presents the evidence that we live in a Universe that is only 4% matter like the atoms of the periodic table.

This is a rebroadcast of a lecture from the Silicon Valley Lecture series.


Astrophotography Group May -
Monday 16 May, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

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

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Astrophotography Group May -
Monday 16 May, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Practical Astronomy May -
Monday 16 May, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas/Steve Hennerley

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


Telecope Care and Maintenance
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Practical Astronomy May -
Monday 16 May, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


Telecope Care and Maintenance

This month the society curator of instruments, Steve Hennerley will demonstrate the things you need to know to get the most out of your optical equipment. We will cover the best techniques for cleaning lenses and mirrors. Steve will also demonstrate the the tools and basic methods for collimating the various types of reflecting and catadioptric telescopes.


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