AAS Event Calendar

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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Astrophotography Group - Mar
Monday 16 Mar, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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

TBA



Waharau Dark Sky Weekend
Friday 20 Mar, 2020 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: Waharau Regional Park
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

Waharua Star Party 20th - 22nd March



Film Night - Mar
Monday 23 Mar, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Introduction to Astronomy - Apr
Monday 06 Apr, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Apr
Monday 13 Apr, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - April
Monday 20 Apr, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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

TBA



Film Night - Apr
Monday 27 Apr, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - May
Monday 04 May, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - May
Monday 11 May, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - May
Monday 18 May, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Practical Astronomy - May
Monday 18 May, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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Film Night - May
Monday 25 May, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Jun
Monday 01 Jun, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Jun
Monday 08 Jun, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - Jun
Monday 15 Jun, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Practical Astronomy - Jun
Monday 15 Jun, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Film Night - Jun
Monday 22 Jun, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Jul
Monday 06 Jul, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Jul
Monday 13 Jul, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - Jul
Monday 20 Jul, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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

TBA



Film Night - Jul
Monday 27 Jul, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 03 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Aug
Monday 10 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Aug
Monday 24 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Sep
Monday 07 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Sep
Monday 14 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Practical Astronomy - Sep
Monday 21 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Sep
Monday 21 Sep, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Film Night - Sep
Monday 28 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Introduction to Astronomy - Oct
Monday 05 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Oct
Monday 12 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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

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Practical Astronomy - Oct
Monday 19 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Film Night - Oct
Monday 26 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



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

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

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Astrophotography Group - Nov
Monday 16 Nov, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Nov
Monday 23 Nov, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Dec
Monday 07 Dec, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

TBA



Monthly Meeting - Dec
Monday 14 Dec, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - Dec
Monday 21 Dec, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Practical Astronomy - Dec
Monday 21 Dec, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



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