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

Introduction to Astronomy Feb - The Origin of the Elements
Monday 03 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

Peter Felhofer gives the talk this evening on the origin of key elements essential to life on Earth. Peter is the president of the Northland Astronomical Society and is well known ...more


Introduction to Astronomy Feb - The Origin of the Elements
Monday 03 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome

Peter Felhofer gives the talk this evening on the origin of key elements essential to life on Earth. Peter is the president of the Northland Astronomical Society and is well known to many to you as a previous regular speaker for the AAS.

2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table published by Dmitri Mendeleev, a chemistry teacher who noted the repeated properties of several elements and arranged them into the form we know today.

We pick up the story of the origin of the elements when the Universe was just 15 minutes old, with only Hydrogen and Helium and discover the processes that took place to create the Carbon, Oxygen, Nitrogen through to Iron, whose abundance we take for granted here on Earth.

This should be a most informative evening, and we look forward to seeing you all there.




NZ Radio Astronomy School and Computing for SKA Colloquium 2020
Monday 10 Feb, 2020 at 09:00Hrs
Venue: AUT
Speaker/Host: Prof Sergei Gulyaev et al.

Dear AAS members,
 
 
Registration is now open for two events, the NZ Radio Astronomy School and Computing for SKA Colloquium 2020, to be hosted at Auckland University of Tech
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NZ Radio Astronomy School and Computing for SKA Colloquium 2020
Monday 10 Feb, 2020 at 09:00Hrs
Venue: AUT

Dear AAS members,
 
 
Registration is now open for two events, the NZ Radio Astronomy School and Computing for SKA Colloquium 2020, to be hosted at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) from 10 to 14 February 2020.  
 
The three-day NZ Radio Astronomy School (10 to 12 Feb) is pitched at an introductory level, suitable for advanced undergraduate students, post-graduate students, and professionals with limited experience in radio astronomy. The first day of activities will take place at AUT’s Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory.  Please advertise this opportunity to students and any other potentially interested colleagues.
 
The two-day Computing for SKA Colloquium (13 and 14 Feb) brings together industry and academics involved in the design phase of computer systems for the SKA, and will include presentations and discussions around the project’s transition towards construction.
 
The meeting web site provides more information about the meeting, including registration instructions, a draft programme and list of presenters; this information will be updated periodically.
 

Kind regards,
Willem van Straten and Sergei Gulyaev
on behalf of the Local Organising Committee


Monthly Meeting - Feb -My journey with a ScopeDome Observatory - Learnings and Latest Images.
Monday 10 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Rolf Wahl Olsen

The talk will be a brief overview of my observatory followed by a couple of learnings and new images of everything from classic popular tar ...more

Monthly Meeting - Feb -My journey with a ScopeDome Observatory - Learnings and Latest Images.
Monday 10 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The talk will be a brief overview of my observatory followed by a couple of learnings and new images of everything from classic popular targets to peculiar galaxies and distant gravitational arcs.

Rolf Olsen
 
I have been interested in astronomy as long as I can remember. In 1990 I got my first telescope, a 60mm alt-az refractor. A couple of years later I upgraded to a 100mm refractor on an equatorial mount and in 1995 I got a 10 inch f/5 Newtonian reflector. I still use the optics from this one today, but in 2011 I built a new Serrurier truss optical tube assembly for it.
 
In 2003 I ventured into the world of astrophotography. I have been taking images with a long exposure modified webcam until early 2012. A lot of thanks go to Steve Chambers for pioneering in the area of long exposure modifications. I have since upgraded to a QSI683wsg CCD camera which I now use to take all my images.
 
I grew up in Denmark but emigrated to New Zealand in 2003. I was attracted by the scenery and lifestyle, and the beautiful Southern sky is just amazing.
My observatory is located in Titirangi in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland, New Zealand. The sky is relatively transparent here, due to the general low levels of air pollution and high altitude dust in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also reasonably dark, being close to a large rainforest reserve and the nearby Tasman Sea.



Astrophotography Group - Feb
Monday 17 Feb, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA
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Astrophotography Group - Feb
Monday 17 Feb, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

TBA


Practical Astronomy - Feb
Monday 17 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA
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Practical Astronomy - Feb
Monday 17 Feb, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

TBA


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