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

Intro to Astronomy - Apr
Monday 03 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy.

This months topic is: Clocks, Calendars and Compasses 
 

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

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy.

This months topic is: Clocks, Calendars and Compasses 
 

Tonight Peter Felhofer presents this fascinating topic, rich in astronomy history, and essential to modern society. Come along to learn and understand how it all started, and what it means for us today. Take home a totally new perspective on what dates and time really mean.




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

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

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

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

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Young Astronomers - Apr
Friday 07 Apr, 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 - Apr
Friday 07 Apr, 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 Apr - Design and Build of a New Observatory
Monday 10 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Rolf Olsen

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

Design and Build of a New Observatory ...more

Monthly Meeting Apr - Design and Build of a New Observatory
Monday 10 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Design and Build of a New Observatory

Society member and well known deep sky astro-photographer Rolf Wahl Olsen, will be talking about the planning and building of his new observatory. Including the features of the dome, some challenges and finally the results with his latest images.



Film Night April - Unfolding Universe
Monday 17 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months film is a documentary about the future of the universe. It looks at how the universe is projected to change over the course of time and what the difference parts of it could look like in t ...more

Film Night April - Unfolding Universe
Monday 17 Apr, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months film is a documentary about the future of the universe. It looks at how the universe is projected to change over the course of time and what the difference parts of it could look like in the future including our solar system and planet Earth.



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Astronz K-TLAO
Turn Left At Orion
Astronz K-DKUNIVERSE
Universe - The Definitive Visual Guide
Astronz K-U2GO
Universe2Go
Astronz M-STP
iOptron SkyTracker Package
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