Welcome to the WAS website

Wellington Astronomical Society is an incorporated society and registered charity for promoting astronomy in and around the Wellington region.

Upcoming Events

WAS Astrophotography Group / Dark Sky Observing
Saturday 29th February 8 pm onwards, Star Field – John Whitby’s dark sky site.

Come along to this Astrophotography / Deep Sky event at a dark sky site in the Wairarapa. With no Moon, you will see some amazing dark skies with the Milky Way standing out.

As this is a private property, you will need to register if you want to come along by contacting us through Facebook Messenger or by emailing [email protected]. Include your email and mobile phone in the text if you are using Facebook Messenger. Directions to the site and any updates will be emailed out. Preference will be given to members of the Society first. This event is free to all WAS members. Non-members are required to pay $10 per person. (To join the Society see https://www.was.org.nz/join-us/).

What to bring for astrophotography:

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • A wide-angle lens (preferably)
  • A tripod to fix the camera to
  • Warm clothes as it gets pretty cold at night
  • Snacks and warm drinks if you want

With people taking photos, keep lights to a minimum (red lights if you can) especially car headlights (use parking lights). For those just interested in Deep Sky Observing, telescopes will be provided unless you want to bring your own.

Please contact Chris (021 890 222) or Antony (021 253 4979) for further details or cancellations. Updates will be available by the afternoon on the day of the event if the weather forecast is not looking good. This site is made available to the Wellington Astronomical Society through the generosity of John Whitby.

International Women & Girls in Astronomy Day

Owing to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel this event.

Wellington Waterfront (by the bridge over the lagoon near Frank Kitts Park) Saturday 29th February, 6:00 pm.  For further details on International Women & Girls in Astronomy Day and this WAS event look here.

WAS March Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be help the first Wednesday in March, that is the 4th, at our regular venue of SpacePlace/Carter Observatory.  Further details here, on our Facebook page and in the monthly news letter.

WAS Observing Evening

Saturday 7th March, 7.30 pm, Tawa College.
Anyone is welcome, especially beginners. See many wonderful objects, star clusters, galaxies, dying stars and nebulae, including the Great Nebula in Orion. It is also a good time to observe the Moon.  Come and learn about how to star-hop through the night sky to find various astronomical objects using the Society’s Dobson telescopes.
WAS council member, Chris, is often at Tawa College on Friday evenings so feel free to come along and learn more about telescopes and the night sky, though it would be best to give him a ring on 021 890 222 to check on conditions.

WAS Astrophotography Group / Dark Sky Observing
Saturday 21th March 8 pm onwards, Star Field – John Whitby’s dark sky site.

Come along to this Astrophotography / Deep Sky event at a dark sky site in the Wairarapa. With no Moon, you will see some amazing dark skies with the Milky Way standing out.

As this is a private property, you will need to register if you want to come along by contacting us through Facebook Messenger or by emailing [email protected]. Include your email and mobile phone in the text if you are using Facebook Messenger. Directions to the site and any updates will be emailed out. Preference will be given to members of the Society first. This event is free to all WAS members. Non-members are required to pay $10 per person. (To join the Society see https://www.was.org.nz/join-us/).

What to bring for astrophotography:

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • A wide-angle lens (preferably)
  • A tripod to fix the camera to
  • Warm clothes as it gets pretty cold at night
  • Snacks and warm drinks if you want

With people taking photos, keep lights to a minimum (red lights if you can) especially car headlights (use parking lights). For those just interested in Deep Sky Observing, telescopes will be provided unless you want to bring your own.

Please contact Chris (021 890 222) or Antony (021 253 4979) for further details or cancellations. Updates will be available by the afternoon on the day of the event if the weather forecast is not looking good. This site is made available to the Wellington Astronomical Society through the generosity of John Whitby.

 

2020 Conference and RASNZ Centenary

The next conference of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) will be held at the Wharewaka Function Centre on Wellington waterfront over the weekend of 8 – 10 May 2020. The Wellington Astronomical Society is hosting the Conference.

For further details including registration and paper submissions see http://www.rasnz.org.nz/groups-news-events/rasnz-conference.

Stargazers Getaway 2020

Camp Iona, Friday September 18th to Sunday 20th. This is new Moon, so we are targeting this weekend for dark skies! See https://www.facebook.com/events/943327669369996/

NACAA

The 29th NACAA conference will be held in the NSW (Australia) regional city of Parkes (where the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope is) over the 2020 Easter weekend, Friday April 10th – Monday 13th. For more details see http://nacaa.org.au/2020/about

 

 

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