The Association’s principal objectives are the fostering of the science of astronomy, encompassing research and public education, and the encouragement and support of observational astronomy.

Meetings are held monthly at the University of Queensland and regular field nights are held in Brisbane and at dark sky sites. The AAQ publishes a monthly newsletter, an annual proceedings and has an extensive library available to members. Members may also hire telescopes owned by the AAQ. Membership is open to all those with an interest in astronomy.

Council & Officers

Like every community organisation, the Association relies on the dedication of a group of volunteers to ensure its smooth operation.


The Council is the management committee of the AAQ, and for this year is:

President David Moriarty
General Secretary Roy Axelsen
Treasurer Tim Napier-Munn
Vice President Julian West
Membership Secretary Diane Hughes
Technical Secretary Peter Culshaw
Councillors John Hughes
Brent Joyce
Nick Tate


The AAQ has the following special interest Sections, organised by a Section Director.

Astrophotography – the photography, film and digital, of astronomical objects and transient phenomena. Chris Ryan
Double Stars – the observation of double and multiple stars. Graeme Jenkinson
Education – outreach activities and specialized observing nights for schools. David O’Driscoll
Library – maintenance and management of the Association’s Library. Graeme Jenkinson
Newsletter – production and distribution of the monthly member newsletter John Salini
Occultations – the timing of the occultation of stars by the Moon and asteroids. Steve Kerr
Spectroscopy – the observation and equipment for analysis of starlight by wavelength Julian West
Variable Stars – the observation of stars that fluctuate in brightness. Roy Axelsen
Web site – maintenance of the AAQ web presence Des Janke


For more information about past management of the AAQ, see Past Management.

The Constitution of the AAQ

The AAQ Constitution is the core governance instrument that guides the operation and management of the Association.

It is available as an A4 Adobe PDF file or in an A5 Booklet format for printing back to back on A4 paper.