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

Astrophotography Group Nov - Collimation with Steve Hennerley
Monday 19 Nov, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

Collimation with Steve Hennerley
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Astrophotography Group Nov - Collimation with Steve Hennerley
Monday 19 Nov, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

Collimation with Steve Hennerley

Novembers session will concentrate on the vital topic of telescope collimation for imaging. Steve will offer some guidance and tips and answer questions from members.



Practical Astronomy Nov - Telescope modification with Graham Beazley
Monday 19 Nov, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Graham Beazley

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This month we have a presentation by Graham Beazley. 
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Practical Astronomy Nov - Telescope modification with Graham Beazley
Monday 19 Nov, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This month we have a presentation by Graham Beazley. 

Graham has been a part of the AAS for the last 10 years. He was also a curator for AAS during that time. He has an extensive background with telescopes, both fixing and modifying them for use. Graham will be bringing in some equipment to show members as well as explain how to make the most of their telescopes at home. 




Film Night November - Guides Planets
Monday 26 Nov, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This months documentary will be showing a Sky at Night special ( one hour long) called"Guides Planets", which covers the history of sending unmanned spacecraft to the planets and what has been discovered as a result.




Intro to Astronomy - December 2018
Monday 03 Dec, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Media Coverage of Astronomy News & Annual Fun
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Intro to Astronomy - December 2018
Monday 03 Dec, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Media Coverage of Astronomy News & Annual Fun Quiz

Decembers Introduction to Astronomy will be in two parts.

First up, AAS member John Wishart is going to present an interesting take on how the media have covered stories of astronomical interest over the past two years.

Sources of media have included newspapers, books, the internet, television, public speakers, social media and radio, covering a wide range of topics such as:

  • ·        The fate of the Universe

  • ·        Gravitational waves

  • ·        The Total Solar Eclipse

  • ·        Newly discovered exoplanets

Come along and join in discussion with your opinion on what sort of job they have done. Were items hyped-up with overly excited articles or perhaps even dumbed down? Were the articles accurate, or did they get some things wrong?

The annual fun quiz will follow and aim to be both lively and instructive, covering key principles from the Introduction to Astronomy sessions during the year.

Before we go home, I will also review the list of exciting topics lined up for 2019!





Young Astronomers - Dec
Friday 07 Dec, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).
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Young Astronomers - Dec
Friday 07 Dec, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).


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