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The Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ) is Queensland’s original astronomical body with a history extending back to 1896. The AAQ promotes observational and scientific astronomy as well as fostering a general interest in astronomy for both beginners and for the more advanced.

The AAQ serves its members and furthers the science of astronomy by:

  • holding regular meetings in the Parnell Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
  • organising field nights and excursions including (jointly) Queensland Astrofest
  • publishing a monthly newsletter containing the association’s proceedings as well as current astronomical information and observational material
  • maintaining research funds for the advancement of astronomy
  • maintaining an extensive library of new and historic literature
  • recognizing outstanding achievements by the award of prizes
  • providing a members forum for the exchange of ideas and information
  • supporting education through bursaries and outreach activities and
  • representing Queensland astronomy within the state, nationally and internationally.

Membership is open to all persons interested in astronomy.

 

A one page, printer friendly 2014 AAQ Events Calendar is available at this link (PDF 32K).
Also available in a month-by-month format (PDF 790K).

From the President - August 2014 PDF Print E-mail
About the AAQ - From the President
Written by AAQ President   

The main item for the 9 August meeting was a presentation by Tony and Wendy Dutton exploring the world of time lapse photography. This is an area that has benefitted greatly in recent years from advances in cameras and software and the development of techniques. Tony and Wendy are accomplished time lapse photographers. We saw some of their excellent work as part of the astrophotography competition last year and then again as part of last year’s presentation on aurorae. Members can logon to this web site and view a video recording of the presentation.

The annual astrophotography competition will be the main item for the September OGM so it is time to start sorting through your images to select your favourites to enter. Rick Stevenson will host this year’s competition. As with last year, there are three categories with a maximum of three images per member in the Deep Sky and Open category and two images per member in the Audio Visual category. See the August Members' Newsletter for details of what is included in each category, how to submit entries and other important information. Images must be received by Rick by 4 September. Note that the September OGM will be on 13 September in Lecture Theatre 309 of the Steele building.
The astrophotography competition is the main method of selecting images to go in the AAQ Calendar. So do not miss the opportunity to have your images in print for others to appreciate. The calendar has been produced each year by Tony Dutton but unfortunately this year he will be away at the critical time and not able to do it. So we are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the calendar production. Templates from previous years are of course available. Please see me or Tony if you are able to help out.

Queensland Astrofest took the place of the July DSO. Quite a few AAQ members attended and although the weather was at times patchy the event was a great success. AAQ members were not successful in the ATM or astrophotography awards but were a close runner up in the astro quiz. Astrofest is jointly organised by the six astronomical societies in south east Queensland. Thanks to Diane and John Hughes for being the AAQ reps on the Astrofest committee and congratulations to the whole committee for their expert organisation.
The next Deep Sky Observing (DSO) was scheduled for 23rd August sharing Camp Duckadang with others (including non astronomers). However an alternative of the weekend of 29-30 August is currently being investigated at Hazeldean. Making this change means that we could have a site exclusively for astronomers and would also give an opportunity to invite the UQ Physics club who are keen to have an astro weekend away. Hazeldean is a good site with reasonably dark skies, accommodation, showers and toilets and kitchen/dining facilities.

In the June newsletter Variable Star report and at a presentation in the July meeting, Roy Axelsen described several types of research projects that can be undertaken much of which can be started without requiring any additional equipment. The AAQ council is keen to encourage any member who would like to undertake research in any field of astronomy and do not forget that funds may be made available from the AAQ’s research funds. See the relevant section directors if you are interested.

 

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Sat Sep 20, 2014 @17:00 - 23:59 AAQ Deep Sky Observing - September at Glen Aplin
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