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

Young Astronomers - Apr
Friday 03 Apr, 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 - Apr
Friday 03 Apr, 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.

At 8pm David Wardle will work with the older members of the group who are working on a range of research projects.

Members are welcome come to either or both session



Intro to Astronomy Apr -
Monday 06 Apr, 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 Apr -
Monday 06 Apr, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Monthly Meeting Apr -
Monday 13 Apr, 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 Apr -
Monday 13 Apr, 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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Warkworth Observatory Tour - Apr 2015
Saturday 18 Apr, 2015 at 15:00Hrs
Venue: Warkworth Radio Observatory, Warkworth
Speaker/Host: Oana Jones

Tour of Warkworth Radio Observatory

Saturday 18th April - 3:00pm

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Warkworth Observatory Tour - Apr 2015
Saturday 18 Apr, 2015 at 15:00Hrs
Venue: Warkworth Radio Observatory, Warkworth

Tour of Warkworth Radio Observatory

Saturday 18th April - 3:00pm

AUT University have kindly agreed to let members visit and tour their radio telescope observatory at Warkworth.

The site has two radio telescopes 30m and 12m.

To get there head north on SH1. The observatory is located on Thompson Rd (on some maps it is Satellite Station Rd), just off SH 1 about 4km south of Warkworth. Turn right just after the Honey Centre. Meet at the gate of the fist large dish on the left.

Please note the turn off from SH1 to Thompson Rd can be difficult/dangerous if there is significant traffic heading south on SH1. Please exercise appropriate care and if in doubt proceed past the intersection into Warkworth township (approx 4 mins), turn there and head back south to make a (safe) left hand turn into Thompson Rd.

A Map of the area is attached
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/N52jt


More details on the observatory can be found at http://www.irasr.aut.ac.nz/radio-telescope.
This tour will be held prior to the Dark Sky Observing Night.


Starparty: Observing Night - Apr 15
Saturday 18 Apr, 2015 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: 490 Whitehills Rd, Wainui
Speaker/Host: Oana Jones

Dark Sky Observing Night

Saturday 1
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Starparty: Observing Night - Apr 15
Saturday 18 Apr, 2015 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: 490 Whitehills Rd, Wainui

Dark Sky Observing Night

Saturday 18th April - 5:00pm onwards

This will be a great opportunity to explore the Summer night sky in a reasonably dark site and to try out a variety of telescopes. Feel free to bring a telescope or binoculars. There will be AAS telescopes available to use if you cannot bring your own and plenty of people willing to share their knowledge. Dave Wyers has kindly agreed to host us once again at his place.

There will be a BBQ from 5:00pm onwards with telescope viewing as soon as it is dark.

Feel free to bring a telescope or binoculars. If you there will be AAS telescopes available.

Venue:
        490 Whitehills Rd
        Wainui (near Silverdale)
        Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/mgDb5
        this is about a 40min drive north of the harbour bridge


All members are welcome. Bring a picnic dinner or food for the BBQ and your supplies for the evening


Please bear in mind when parking that members will be leaving with parking lights only. Do not obstruct paths and check you have not parked in an inconvenient place.


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Tripod Carry Bag
Astronz K-YB2014
2014 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
Astronz T-GSRC8M
200mm (8") f/8 Ritchey-Chretien OTA
Astronz E-SV20
SuperView 20mm 1.25"
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