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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).

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Thursday, November 6 at 7:00pm
QPAC in Brisbane
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 21:42
From the President - October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
About the AAQ - From the President
Written by AAQ CMS   

The main item for the 11 October Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) will be a presentation at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. To facilitate this, the OGM will be held at the Planetarium and NOT at the usual University venue. You will need to be at the planetarium no later than 3:45pm to purchase your ticket from the AAQ Treasurer for entry to the sky dome. Note that you must be on time so that we can all be in the skydome for a start by 4:00. Late entry will not be permitted. You might like to arrive a little earlier, say 3:30 pm to browse the interesting displays at the planetarium.
The cost for the show is $10 per adult and $5 per child. You need to pay this to Roy Axelsen to get your ticket prior to entry. This price is a discount to the regular entry charge with AAQ subsidising the entry cost – another benefit of AAQ membership. The planetarium has generously agreed for us to have our meeting in the skydome. The planetarium show will be first up and the OGM will follow. We will be able to do the usual presentations of section reports and items of astronomical interest so bring them along as usual. However we must be out of the skydome at about 5:30 so we may not have time for any extended presentations.
We are planning something a little different for after the meeting. The plan is to head up to the Mt Coot-tha lookout and the Kuta Café for tea/coffee, snacks etc or even dinner if you like. If the weather is fine we can set up some telescopes for observing and public viewing and a potentially interesting Brisbane Field Night (BFN). If it looks like being fine, please bring a telescope as we will probably need several.

The astrophoto competition at the September OGM was a great success with some really stunning images by members. The number and quality of the images really demonstrates the talents of AAQ members. Expect to see winning images appearing in the 2015 AAQ calendar.Rick Helix Dec2013

The main item for the 8 November OGM will be a presentation by David O’Driscoll on his ECRF research project. Can I remind you again that Council is putting together the main item program for 2015. If there is any topic you would like to hear about or any presentation you would like to give or have any suggestions for guest presenters then please let me or any member of Council know.

The last Deep Sky Observing (DSO) at John Salini’s farm on 20 September was attended by several members and had mixed weather; cloud on Friday and clear periods on Saturday night. Thanks to John for facilitating this for AAQ. For October we have arranged for AAQ members wanting a DSO to attend the Redlands Astronomical Society astrocamp at Glengarry 24 to 26 October. Directions are: http://www.ras.org.au/index.php/ras-astro-camps.html
Note that there is a cost and RAS ask that you let the club know by email if you are coming.
Due to the outcomes for 2014 DSOs, Council is considering reducing the number of DSO events in 2015. There will be more information about this and your opportunity to comment at the OGM.

There will be a total eclipse of the Moon coming up on 8 October which is before the October OGM. This eclipse is perfectly timed for Queensland with all phases of the eclipse visible in the evening.  Bring along your eclipse images to a future OGM.

At the September OGM I announced that AAQ has started a new “Spectroscopy Section” with Julian West as Section Director. There are several enthusiastic members already involved or interested in this exciting area. If you have any interest in spectroscopy please make contact with Julian. I wish the section every success and look forward to reports of section activities in the newsletter and at OGMs.
Look forward to seeing you at the 11 October OGM at the planetarium.

Terry Cuttle

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 14:14

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Fri Oct 24, 2014 @17:00 - 10:00 Cost and must advise Redlands Astronomical Society Deep Sky Observing - October at RAS Astrocamp
Sat Nov 8, 2014 @16:00 - 18:30 AAQ OGM - Optimum CD imaging and analysis for Double Stars
Sat Dec 13, 2014 @16:00 - 18:30 AAQ OGM - Extended Items of Astronomical Interest

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