December 2016

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A 6” Nankivell Refractor
Peter Knowles
Volume 55, number 4. December 2016. p3

 

The Multiple Periods of L 2 Puppis
Stan Walker, Neil Butterworth, Terry Bohlsen, Giorgio di Scala, Peter Williams
Volume 55, number 4. December 2016. p5

 

Norman Dickie 100 Years October 2nd 2016
Ashley Pennell
Volume 55, number 4. December 2016. p10

 

Early Meteor Radar Astronomy at Jodrell Bank and Canterbury
Grahame Fraser
Volume 55, number 4. December 2016. p11

 

Concerning Heritage Telescopes
William Tobin
Volume 55, number 4. December 2016. p21

 


September 2016

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The Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative
John Hearnshaw
Volume 55, number 3. September 2016. p3

 

Slope Point Hill Top Radar Station
Justine Parker
Volume 55, number 3. September 2016. p7

 

Students With A Passion for Astronomy at the RASNZ Napier conference
John Hearnshaw
Volume 55, number 3. September 2016. p13

 

Choosing Between Alternative Microlensing Models
Ashna Sharan and Nicholas J. Rattenbury
Volume 55, number 3. September 2016. p14

 


June 2016

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Quasars - The Brightest Objects in the Universe
Anushka Kharbanda
Volume 55, number 2. June 2016. p3

 

Astronomy and Me!
Joshua Daglish
Volume 55, number 2. June 2016. p6

 

SN 2015lh: The Most Luminous Supernova Discovered
Brent Nicholls
Volume 55, number 2. June 2016. p7

 

The 2015 June 29 Occultation by Pluto
Brian Loader
Volume 55, number 2. June 2016. p10

 

Book Review
John Drummond
Volume 55, number 2. June 2016. p22

 


March 2016

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Astronomy from Antarctica
Matthew Freeman
Volume 55, number 1. March 2016. p3

 

The First Annual Central Star Party
Ursula Macfarlane, Otto Gruebl, George Ionas
Volume 55, number 1. March 2016. p7

 

Zodiac Stamps
R W Evans
Volume 55, number 1. March 2016. p9

 

The RASNZ Long-term Plan, 2016-25
John Hearhshaw
Volume 55, number 1. March 2016. p10

 

The RASNZ Annual Report of Council for 2015
Volume 55, number 1. March 2016. p12

 


December 2015

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The Fourth Microlensing Planet Revisited
Philip Yock
 
Volume 54, number 4. December 2015. p3

 

Lunar Occultation of Venus - 2015 October 9th
 
Volume 54, number 4. December 2015. p7

 

Third New Zealand Astrophotography Weekend
Stephen Chadwick
 
Volume 54, number 4. December 2015. p8

 

Successful Presentation of Astronomy Projects for Students to Teachers
Carl Knight
 
Volume 54, number 4. December 2015. p10

 


September 2015

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Events leading up to the Pluto Occultation
Gordon Hudson, Larry Wasserman, Kara Hartig
 
The Pluto Occultation of a 12th magnitude star was a rare event and a lot of effort was being put into observing it. The programme for the early hours of June 30th that I was involved in was run by the South West Research Institute (SWRI) in Boulder Colorado.
Volume 54, number 3. September 2015. p3

 

SOFIA The Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy
Haritina Mogosanu
 
In July 2015 the author secured a trip aboard SOFIA. Leading up to her experiences that she will describe later here is a background to this flying telescope.
Volume 54, number 3. September 2015. p7

 

StellaFest 2015
Steve Chadwick
 
Another Great Success! On the weekend of August 14th-16th the Horowhenua Astronomical Society held its 4th annual StellarFest at the Foxton Beach Bible Camp. As always the weekend was designed with viewing, talks and general chit-chat in mind.
Volume 54, number 3. September 2015. p10

 

A New Eclipsing Binary Star in Sagittarius
Simon Lowther
 
I present a new variable star in Sagittarius discovered during routine observations of V1223 Sgr for the Centre for Backyard Astrophysics, at CBA Pukekohe on 14th June 2014 NZST (JD2456822). The shape of the light curve suggests this star is an eclipsing binary of EW type with a period 0.2585 days and amplitude of 0.85 mag unfiltered. This star has been submitted to and accepted into the VSX catalogue of variable stars.
Volume 54, number 3. September 2015. p12

 

Essay Review - Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo
William Tobin
 
 
Volume 54, number 3. September 2015. p14

 

Bright Cepheids - A Variable Stars South Project
Stan Walker
 
Practical observing projects for beginners in astronomy with scientific value are hard to find and are often disappointing to the participants. What do we need to inspire us?
Volume 54, number 3. September 2015. p17

June 2015

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My Father Dr Frank Bateson, and Mt John
Audrey Walsh
 
In this paper I give you some ‘non astronomical’ insights to the work and life of my father, Dr Frank Bateson, leading to the establishment of our now internationally recognised Mt John Observatory
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p3

 

Recent Successful Asteroidal Occultations in our Region in the Past Year
John Talbot
 
A selection of interesting minor planet occultation results observed from Australia and New Zealand during 2014 is presented. A TTOS9 and 2015 RASNZ conference paper.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p7

 

Brian Loader - FRASNZ
 
At the Annual General Meeting of the RASNZ held on 9th May 2015, during the annual conference at Tekapo, Brian Loader was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. Brian has held several offices of the society and is a long term, active member of the Occultation Section. The citation accompanying his appointment as Fellow is below.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p10

 

Book Review - Features of the Near Side Moon
Maurice Collins
 
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p12

 

Thomas Richards - Honorary Member
 
At the RASNZ AGM held on 9th May 2015, during the annual conference at Tekapo, Tom Richards was elected as an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. The citation accompanying his appointment as Honorary Member is below.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p13

 

Book Review - Mt John: the First 50 Years
R W Evans
 
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p14

 

Students With a Passion for Astronomy
John Hearnshaw
 
For some time it has been clear, to me at least, that not only does our Society need to increase its overall membership, but also more young astronomers need to be recruited to our ranks. Younger members bring enthusiasm and vitality to the Society’s activities. I also believe that the enjoyment and benefit any participant at a RASNZ conference gains from attending goes something like the square of the number of people.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p15

 

Murray Geddes Prize - Graeme Kershaw
 
At the RASNZ conference banquet held on 9th May 2015, during the annual conference at Tekapo, Graeme Kershaw was awarded the 2015 Murray Geddes Prize.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p18

 

Prepointing for Occultations
John Talbot
 
Prepoint: verb. - to point a telescope at a point in the sky where an event is predicted to occur at some time in the future. A technique that is particularly suited to observing with mounts that are not perfectly aligned or do not have accurate pointing or tracking ability (eg Dobsonian, mobile observation). It helps to have a driven RA axis.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p20

 

Aurora Australis Public Events
Steve Butler
 
Take one global idea; the International Year of Light 2015, and mix it with local passion, a Facebook group of aurora watchers, and you have an idea that grew beyond expectation.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p22

March 2015

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Possible Radio-emmision Signatures of Exoplanets
E Budding, O B Slee, M Johnston-Hollitt
 
A brief review of possibly detectable radio-effects from exoplanets is presented. Previous observations may show relevant effects, when appropriate theory is taken into account.  Pointers to contemporary and future lines of investigation are also presented.
Volume 54, number 1. March 2015. p3.
 
Graham Lindsay Blow 1954 to 2014
John Talbot and Brian Loader
 
It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Graham Blow on 31st December 2014 at the age of 60. He was born 5th August 1954 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Volume 54, number 1. March 2015. p7
 
Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (Inc) Annual Report for 2014
 
Volume 54, number 1. March 2015. p9