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

2017 AGM
Monday 24 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

2017 Annual General Meeting

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2017 AGM
Monday 24 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

2017 Annual General Meeting

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Intro to Astronomy - May
Monday 01 May, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

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

Exoplanets and Alie
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Intro to Astronomy - May
Monday 01 May, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Exoplanets and Aliens.

Tonight Peter Felhofer talks about Exoplanets and Aliens – Since announcing the first exoplanet discovery in 1992 the holy grail has been to find a life bearing exoplanet.  It seems every month last year we heard of the discovery of yet another Earth-like planet, but are these announces all a bit premature?  We will review the techniques, challenges and complications to finding our cosmic cousins by following the Drake Equation with a few interesting detours.



Young Astronomers - May
Friday 05 May, 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 - May
Friday 05 May, 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 May -
Monday 08 May, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
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The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Monthly Meeting May -
Monday 08 May, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Practical Astronomy May -
Monday 15 May, 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 May -
Monday 15 May, 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 Group May -
Monday 15 May, 2017 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 15 May, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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View Our Other Upcoming Events
Astronz K-YB2017
2017 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
Astronz M-STP
iOptron SkyTracker Package
Astronz K-U2GO
Universe2Go
Astronz E-SV15
SuperView 15mm 1.25"
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