The AAQ has a strong research ethic, with members undertaking their own research, collaborating with other amateur and professional groups, and publishing their research in peer reviewed journals.
The Edward Corbould Research Fund (ECRF) of the Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ) was established in 1987 with a grant of $50,000 from Edward Corbould, a property developer in the Queensland Sunshine Coast area.
The purpose of this fund is to support astronomical research projects by amateur astronomers and tertiary students. Grants are provided from the investment income of the fund, and will only be offered if the fund attains a certain level of growth each year. If a grant is to offered, late in the prior year many amateur astronomy societies around Australia are advised by email, as are Queensland universities with academic astronomy programs.
The Association welcomes interest from secondary school students, university students and amateur astronomers who would like to contribute to astronomy but are unsure about, or put off by, the idea of preparing a research proposal. Be not afraid! You also don’t have to be a member to start with. You can make a difference through activities such as Citizen Science or by us working with you to bring your interest or idea to life. We may be able to provide resources from the association assets, or help you in preparing a grant application to get the funds you need. We have awarded amateur astronomy researchers only too happy to assist you. Make contact with us and we can discuss what is possible.
- 2022 ECRF Grant Application Information
- 2021 ECRF Grant Application Information
- 2020 ECRF Grant Application Information
- 2019 ECRF Grant Application Information
- The Berenice & Arthur Page Medal
- The 2022 Berenice and Arthur Page Medal – The BOSS team
- The 2018 Berenice and Arthur Page Medal – Professor David Moriarty
- The 2016 Berenice and Arthur Page Medal – Dr Roy Axelsen
- The 2014 Berenice and Arthur Page Medal – Tim Napier-Munn
Members of the association undertake substantial research activities, and frequently publish the results. Below are details of publications and presentations made by members of this Association.
Measurements of six neglected southern multiple stars have been made using a Meade DSI CCD camera coupled to a 150mm f8 refractor.
Measurements have been made of eight neglected southern multiple stars from the Washington Double Star Catalogue. Images were acquired using a Meade DSI CCD camera coupled to a 150mm f/8 refractor, and analysed using Losse’s Reduc software.
Measurements have been made of 24 southern multiple stars from the Washington Double Star Catalogue. Images were acquired using a Meade DSI CCD camera coupled to a 150mm f8 refractor, and analysed using Losses Reduc software.
- Analysis of Errors in the Measurement of Double Stars Using Imaging and the Reduc Software
- Measurement of Two Long Neglected Southern Multiple Stars
- Measurement of nine neglected southern multiple stars including two possible anomalies
- Measurement of 17 southern multiple systems
- Measurement of multiple star system in Norma
- Measurement of neglected southern multiple stars – two listed pairs and a possible new pair
- Astronomical Association of Queensland Measurement of Seven Neglected Southern Multiple Stars
- Astronomical Association of Queensland 2016 programme – Measurements of nine neglected southern multiple stars
- Blue Star Observatory measurement of twenty neglected southern multiple stars
- Real science for the time poor amateur – The study of Double Stars from the Southern Hemisphere
- Digital single lens photometry in white light: a new concept tested on data from the high amplitude δ Scuti star V703 Scorpii
- The high amplitude δ Scuti star AD Canis Minoris
- Recently refined periods for the high amplitude δ Scuti stars V1338 Centauri, V1430 Scorpii, and V1307 Scorpii
- Recently determined light elements for the δ Scuti star ZZ Microscopii
- EQ Eridani, a multiperiodic δ Scuti star
- Methods for O-C (observed minus computed) diagrams and for the determination of light elements of variable stars with linear and second order polynomial ephemerides.
- Current light elements of the δ Scuti star V393 Carinae
- New light elements for the high amplitude δ Scuti star RS Gruis
- New light elements for the high amplitude δ Scuti star BS Aquarii
- Gravitational waves as a test of general relativity
- Solar motion from Australia
- Starspots on the Active Young Solar-Type Star AH Lep
- Early Astronomical Tests of General Relativity: the anomalous advance in the perihelion of Mercury and gravitational redshift
- Early astronomical tests of General Relativity: the gravitational deflection of light
- Recent astronomical tests of general relativity
- General Relativity support from the double pulsar
- General Relativity in Australian Newspapers: The 1919 and 1922 Solar Eclipse Expeditions