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.




Upcoming Events

Film Night - February. Quantum Riddle - Quantum Entanglement.
Monday 24 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

Quantum Riddle - Quantum Entanglement.  ...more


Film Night - February. Quantum Riddle - Quantum Entanglement.
Monday 24 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Quantum Riddle - Quantum Entanglement. This 2019 documentary looks at new developments and thinking about Quantum theory and its implications for cosmology.




Introduction to Astronomy - Mar - Space Telescopes II
Monday 02 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

After last year’s talk on three important space-based telescopes, it is time to introduce three more important ones studying astronomical objects and ...more


Introduction to Astronomy - Mar - Space Telescopes II
Monday 02 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

After last year’s talk on three important space-based telescopes, it is time to introduce three more important ones studying astronomical objects and processes in different parts of the light spectrum. These include The Fermi Space Telescope observing in gamma-ray wavelengths, the Chandra X-ray Observatory studying X-ray emissions, and the James Webb Telescope scheduled to be launched in March 2021 and designed to see in the far-infrared.

We will discuss the specific optics of how these high-tech instruments work to capture and record light in these non-optical wavelengths, which is most interesting and a technical feat in itself. Further to that, we cover the types of objects and processes of focus for each telescope and why this is important in understanding the universe. A preceding brief revision of the electromagnetic spectrum of light and the importance of space telescopes makes this talk easy to follow if you missed the first talk.

We look forward to seeing you all there.




Monthly Meeting - Mar
Monday 09 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA
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Monthly Meeting - Mar
Monday 09 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

TBA


Practical Astronomy - Mar
Monday 16 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

Telescopes and Mounts

This month as the first practical astronomy meeting of the year, we will be going over the basics of different types of telescopes and mounts and ...more

Practical Astronomy - Mar
Monday 16 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Telescopes and Mounts

This month as the first practical astronomy meeting of the year, we will be going over the basics of different types of telescopes and mounts and their pros and cons


2020 Northern Star Party (Dark Sky Weekend) at Waharau Regional Park.
Friday 20 Mar, 2020 at 16:00Hrs
Venue: Waharau Regional Park
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

2020 Northern Star Party (Dark Sky Weekend) at Waharau Regional Park

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2020 Northern Star Party (Dark Sky Weekend) at Waharau Regional Park.
Friday 20 Mar, 2020 at 16:00Hrs
Venue: Waharau Regional Park

2020 Northern Star Party (Dark Sky Weekend) at Waharau Regional Park

The Auckland Astronomical Society’s Waharau Dark Sky Weekend is from Friday 20th March to Sunday 22nd March at Waharau Regional Park, 1748 East Coast Rd, Orere Point, Whakatiwai 2473(about 1 hours drive from central Auckland).

It will be a weekend of practical astronomy and dark sky observing.

It is great opportunity to spend a weekend viewing the sky from a dark site on Moonless nights thought a range of different telescopes. Bring your telescopeor binoculars, but if you dont have any there will be plenty there for you tolook through.
Also the society has telescopes available for hire. Contact Steve Hennerley(027) 245 6441 or Darren Woodley 021776481 email: rental@astronomy.org.nz toget these. Book now as these can become booked out!

Duringthe day on Saturday there will be a full programme of practical astronomy – how to use equipment and various types of telescopes, new equipment demonstrations and an astrophotography workshop.

Films will be shown in the early evening on Friday and Saturday.

Price:
AAS Member earlybird $20.00. Name received by Wednesday 11th March. Payment received by Friday 13th March.
AAS Member standard $30.00

Non-member earlybird $40.00. Name received by Wednesday 11th March. Payment received by Friday13th March.
Non-member standard $50.00

This price includes bunk bed type accommodation.

To book please email Gavin Logan:gavinlgn@gmail.com giving the names of the people attending. Phone 021 1441055.

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