AAS Event Calendar

Film Night June -
Monday 26 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Alastair Emerson

This Months documentary is:

10 Equations That Changed the World

The history of 10 world changing equations, and more importantly, how they have changed the way we understand the world.

Crashing Into the Moon.

A documentary on where lunar exploration is headed, and the possibility of using lunar resources.



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

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

Galaxies IV: Large Scale Structures and The Local Group

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

·        Sky Surveys

·        History of discovering other galaxies and large scale structures

·        Spatial Distribution of Galaxies

o  Galaxy Clusters

o  The Local Group

o  Galaxy Superclusters

o  The Laniakea Supercluster

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. He will focus of ultraviolet observations of galaxies, and the predicted merger of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. Both the discussion and lecture compliment each other, and will aim to impart:

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

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




Young Astronomers - Jul
Friday 07 Jul, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Monthly Meeting Jul -
Monday 10 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Richard Sorrenson

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

The Dollonds and the invention of the achromatic lens in the eighteenth century

Isaac Newton first declared, in the 1660s, it was impossible, due to the laws of optics, to make an achromatic refracting lens; only a reflecting lens could be achromatic.  So great was Newtons authority no one repeated the experiments that underlay his claim for nearly a century.  The story of how a telescope maker in London, John Dollond, finally repeated these experiments and produced the first achromatic refracting lenses available to the public in the 1760s is a fascinating and dramatic one and features other claimants to the invention, patent trials, and a bitter family dispute.


Richard Sorrenson has long had an interest in the history ofastronomy and obtained his PhD in the history of science from Princeton University.  He is the author of Perfect Mechanics: Instrument Makers at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century (Docent Press, BostonMass., 2013) and manages the University of Auckland Foundation and its endowment fund. Richard is also a trustee of the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust (Stardome).







Practical Astronomy Jul -
Monday 17 Jul, 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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Astrophotography SIG - July - Processing with MAXIM
Monday 17 Jul, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

Keith will be taking you through a step by step guide to processing images with MaxIM DL. Includes, stacking, stretching, and some basic processing.



Film Night July -
Monday 24 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Alastair Emerson

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Young Astronomers - Aug
Friday 04 Aug, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Intro to Astronomy - August
Monday 07 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic, given by Peter Felhofer is:

 Telescopes – The telescopes being built today promise to reveal ten times as much about the Universe as we’ve learnt in the past 400 years since Galileo.  Not only will professional researchers benefit, but amateurs will be able to access many of the databases to conduct their own research.  We’ll take a quick tour of the major projects and look at their instrumentation and operational parameters along with their primary science objectives.



Monthly Meeting Aug -
Monday 14 Aug, 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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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 21 Aug, 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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Film Night August -
Monday 28 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 01 Sep, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Intro to Astronomy - September
Monday 04 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies V: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the fifth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will cover how the first galaxies formed, and then how they have evolved into the massive structures we see today in our local universe.

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. 

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

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 Sep -
Monday 11 Sep, 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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Practical Astronomy Sep -
Monday 18 Sep, 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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Film Night September -
Monday 25 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Intro to Astronomy - October
Monday 02 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies VI: Galactic Centres: Supermassive Black Holes & Active Galactic Nuclei

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the sixth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will cover the exciting events that occur in the centre of all moderately sized and large galaxies.

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. 

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

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




Young Astronomers - Oct
Friday 06 Oct, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Monthly Meeting Oct -
Monday 09 Oct, 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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Practical Astronomy Oct -
Monday 16 Oct, 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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Film Night October -
Monday 23 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Young Astronomers - Nov
Friday 03 Nov, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Intro to Astronomy - November
Monday 06 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

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

Cosmology: Presented by Peter Felhofer

Peter will condense 13.8 billion years into 90 minutes and review the principle ideas behind the Big Bang Theory.  Starting with that primordial atom as conceived by Georges Lemaitre, we catch the wave of Inflation theorised by Alan Guth and end up with the present day observable Universe.   



Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 13 Nov, 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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Practical Astronomy Nov -
Monday 20 Nov, 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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Film Night November -
Monday 27 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - December
Monday 04 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Quiz Night:

A fun evening, with multiple choice questions related to topics covered during the year. After each question, a short discussion around the topic will be held, to highlight key messages.

A great way to learn.

See you all there!





Monthly Meeting Dec -
Monday 11 Dec, 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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Practical Astronomy Dec -
Monday 18 Dec, 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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