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.


2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography Contest -  Movie of all the Entries

Youtube movie of all the entries in the 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography competition, which is New Zealand's largest annual Astrophotography competition and is organised by the Auckland Astronomical Society.

The winners and highly commended entries are to be announced at the 2016 Burbidge Dinner on the 8th of October at Alexandra Park in Epsom (tickets available from the ASTRONZ website). As in years past the best way to view the movie is to open it up in youtube and set the quality to 1080p and watch in full screen mode. 

Again I know the soundtrack will probably not be to everybody's taste so feel free to hit the mute sound button if it's annoying you I won't be insulted, also you can pause the movie at any time to take a longer look at any particular image.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the movie, certainly some of the best Astrophotography in New Zealand is on display in this movie and this years judge Phil Plait will have his work cut out for him selecting the winning images.

The 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition

Upcoming Events

Young Astronomers - Feb
Friday 03 Feb, 2017 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 - Feb
Friday 03 Feb, 2017 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.




Intro to Astronomy - Feb - Galaxies: Introduction & Classification.
Monday 06 Feb, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies: Introduct
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Intro to Astronomy - Feb - Galaxies: Introduction & Classification.
Monday 06 Feb, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Galaxies: Introduction and Classification.

Presented by Chris Benton, this will be the first of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will include

·        The classifications of galaxies

·        Variable stars and how they are used to study galaxies

·        Hubbles law

·        Space Telescopes and Multi-wavelength observations

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor David M. Meyer of Northwestern University, USA. Both the discussion and lecture, will be preceded by learning objectives followed by question time,and will aim to impart:

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

·        Relevant History of Astronomy

·        Relevant Tools of Modern Astronomy

Whether you are a beginner or a more knowledgeable member of the society, you will not be disappointed. Come and explore the universe together! 



Monthly Meeting Feb -
Monday 13 Feb, 2017 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 13 Feb, 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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Astrophotography Group Feb -
Monday 20 Feb, 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 Feb -
Monday 20 Feb, 2017 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 Feb -
Monday 20 Feb, 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 Feb -
Monday 20 Feb, 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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