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 - Feb
Monday 18 Feb, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

2019 Group introduction

This week we will hold a group discussion to find out what everyone enjoyed last year, and set an agenda for the things members would like to do/hear about this year
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Astrophotography Group - Feb
Monday 18 Feb, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

2019 Group introduction

This week we will hold a group discussion to find out what everyone enjoyed last year, and set an agenda for the things members would like to do/hear about this year. If there are topics of interest I will try to arrange good speakers/demos, and I know a lot of people are keen to continue with some group workshops similiar to the deep sky image stacking workshop we held last year.

We would also like to arrange some group projects to work on together, and set a group challenge contest with a prize.

Please feel free to bring any requests and suggestions.


Practical Astronomy - Feb
Monday 18 Feb, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

This session is aimed at beginners and experts. We will be able to provide help to those who would like a hands on approach to using their telescope and setting up mounts. 

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Practical Astronomy - Feb
Monday 18 Feb, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This session is aimed at beginners and experts. We will be able to provide help to those who would like a hands on approach to using their telescope and setting up mounts. 

Beginners can learn how to set up their telescope, learn how to align their finders, and manually find objects. If the sky is clear, we might be able to practice observing the moon. 

Experts can bring in their telescopes and equipment to share with others how they use their telescopes and provide advice to those less experienced. 

If the weather is unfavourable, we can practice indoors. 


Film Night - February. Big, Bigger, Biggest - Telescope
Monday 25 Feb, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

Big, Bigger, Biggest - Telescope is a documentary about the building of large telescopes. It covers a history of the optical developments needed to make larger scopes and the difficulties. There is so ...more

Film Night - February. Big, Bigger, Biggest - Telescope
Monday 25 Feb, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Big, Bigger, Biggest - Telescope is a documentary about the building of large telescopes. It covers a history of the optical developments needed to make larger scopes and the difficulties. There is some unusual and interesting material in this film. It ends with the building of the large binocular telescope in Arizona.

Young Astronomers - Mar
Friday 01 Mar, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group for 7-13 year olds. The meetings cover various current topics is in astronomy with lots of Q&A.
Telescope viewing follows (weather permitting)

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Young Astronomers - Mar
Friday 01 Mar, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Young Astronomers is our group for 7-13 year olds. The meetings cover various current topics is in astronomy with lots of Q&A.
Telescope viewing follows (weather permitting)



Introduction to Astronomy - Mar
Monday 04 Mar, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

How do astronomers measure how bright stars are and the distances to them?

Tonight we will discuss the techniques used to determine these and many other pr ...more


Introduction to Astronomy - Mar
Monday 04 Mar, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

How do astronomers measure how bright stars are and the distances to them?

Tonight we will discuss the techniques used to determine these and many other properties of stars including their temperatures and size.

Discover how observations of starlight split into its various wavelengths through spectroscopes and colour filters enable astronomers to do this, and then use simple formulas to deduce further properties. Find out with a simple experiment yourself illustrates how the parallax method of determining distances to the stars works.

Examples of well-known stars in the southern night sky will allow you to relate to these methods and the results at your next star-gazing session!

I look forward to seeing you all there, where you will receive a three-page hand out explaining these principles further.



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