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.

Research Grants

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.

Awards

Research Activities

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.

Measurement of some neglected southern multiple stars in Pavo

Measurements of six neglected southern multiple stars have been made using a Meade DSI CCD camera coupled to a 150mm f8 refractor.

Measurement of some neglected southern multiple stars in Dorado and Pictor

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.

Measurement of 24 southern multiple stars

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.