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.

The New Zealand Astrophotography Competition

2018 NZ Astrophotography Competition Entry Form

2018 NZ Astrophotography Competition Conditions of Entry

Calling all Astrophotographers! The 2018 New Zealand Astrophotography competition is now underway, this year we have changed things up a bit, the first thing you will notice is the new name of the competition, this is to reflect that the competition has now been officially recognized and endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, of course contestants will still compete for the highly coveted Harry Williams Trophy which goes to the overall winner of the competition.

This year we are honoured to have Michael A Covington as our judge, Michael is a pioneer of DSLR Astrophotography and is also the author of the text book "Digital SLR Astrophotography" which for a lot of people was the first text book that helped get them started in DSLR Astrophotography, the book was released in 2007 by the Cambridge University Press and the 2nd edition of this book is slated for a 2018 release in November which will contain many updates and revisions, for more information please check out Michael's website here ... http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/dslr/index.html

This year there has been some rule changes so please read over the competition rules carefully.

For this years competition, we are happy to have Optolong Astronomical Filters sponsor the overall winner again with one of their wonderful filters offered as a prize ( filter type yet to be determined ), we are also happy to announce that Astronz will also be sponsoring the competition again with a $300 Astronz gift voucher offered for the winner of the Solar System category, Australian Sky & Telescope have also generously offered to sponsor the competition again with two one year subscriptions to their prestigious magazine for both the Deep Sky and Artistc / Nightscape categories, the Auckland Astronomical Society is also giving each category winner a $200 cash prize, with hopefully more sponsors and prizes to be announced later on, so keep an eye out for updates.

The competition cutoff date is the 25th of August, 2018 and the competition awards will be announced at the annual Burbidge dinner which is the Auckland Astronomical Society's premier annual event, keep an eye out on the society website for details on the forthcoming Burbidge dinner. Looking forward to seeing all your images and wishing you all clear skies.

Upcoming Events

Astrophotography Group Aug - Milky Way Astroscapes with a DSLR
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Greg Stevens

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

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Astrophotography Group Aug - Milky Way Astroscapes with a DSLR
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

In Augusts session, Greg Stevens will talk to members about capturing and processing Milky Way panoramas using a DSLR. If you are a beginner at Astroscapes, or keen to improve your skills, then this talk will be both interesting and useful.

Greg Stevens is a long term member of the society, and a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.



Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 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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Film Night Aug -
Monday 27 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ken Hulls

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Film Night Aug -
Monday 27 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Introduction to Astronomy September 2018
Monday 03 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

A Modern Perspective of the Solar System
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Introduction to Astronomy September 2018
Monday 03 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

A Modern Perspective of the Solar System

The Solar System is composed of a central star, eight planets of varying sizes and composition, and collections of small bodies. Chris Benton will outline a modern perspective of the Solar System structure, including why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. A discussion will follow of how and why the Solar System  formed as it did, and how that explains what we see today.


Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 07 Sep, 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 - Sep
Friday 07 Sep, 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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