Welcome to the Hamilton Astronomical Society
As a small society, we encourage you to be involved and active and share the joy of telescopes, the
company of like-minded people, and the running of the society.
The society has members interested in visual observing, astrophotography, making telescopes, public
science education and learning about astronomy in general. We are generally not experts in space
science, and really just enjoy being able to discuss our interests, collaborate on projects, and share in
the joy of exploring the night sky. Please feel welcome and included, and ask lots of questions. We
are all in this together and like to be able to answer questions from beginners in space discovery,
through to talking over new or challenging concepts and discoveries.
Monday Society Nights
We meet as a society at 7:30pm on the first Monday of each month (except January), to discuss society
business, listen to a guest speaker, watch a space-related video, do a bit of observing if the weather is
kind etc. The evenings are generally informal and relaxed.
Remember – even if the skies are not clear, come along to learn about and discuss astronomy and the
Public Nights (free for members)
The society has a public outreach night on the first Wednesday of each month (except January). This
involves an educational talk on space, and weather permitting, lots of observing. The nights begin at
8:30pm during daylight savings time, and 7:30pm for the remaining months.
The society always needs volunteers to help with the telescopes, controlling anywhere from 10 to 100
people on the nights, speakers, and people to answer questions. These nights are a lot of fun to be
involved in and are a great way to give back to our community in education and sharing of our interests.
It is very rewarding when you see people look at a planet for the first time through a telescope! It’s
also a good way for members new to observing to gain some knowledge from the more experienced
And again, you can still learn about the Universe even if the weather is not suitable for telescope
The Society has a small library with books on stars, planets, telescope making etc. for members to use.
Website & Facebook
Our website was upgraded in 2018 – take a look: https://has.org.nz/
There is a member’s only area for which you will need a password. The password is octantis
Please do not share the password as it is for HAS members only.
Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/hasnz/
or, just go to Facebook and search for Hamilton Astronomical Society.
New Year Barbecue
On the first Society night of the year in February we like to begin the year with a social gathering. We
meet at 6:30pm on this evening and members are encouraged to bring food for a shared meal.
Generally, people bring some salads, meat, and a glass of wine or a beer to begin the year, with the
meeting formally starting at 7:30pm.
Most Society members enjoy observing the night sky. The Society has a number of telescopes which
we use for Society night observing, for public nights. Members are also encouraged to organise
observing groups, attend dark sky weekends and camps etc. We often have members attending events
organised around the country, so if you are interested in attending or organising an evening of
observing, make it known to other members.
This Society is your society; use it, take from it what you will, and give back to it what you can!
Hamilton Astronomical Society