Welcome to Skydome Observers Inc, an incorporated society set up to promote the science of astronomy within New Zealand and through international contacts.
As a registered charity Skydome Observers Inc has the following objectives as set out in our constitution:
OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY
2.1 The objects for which the Society is established are: -
a) To encourage and foster the study of astronomy, with a focus on practical astronomical observation
b) To assist members interested in telescopic or binocular observation of celestial bodies and phenomena
c) To provide a facility in the Kaipara region for the furtherance of astronomy
d) To bring together a group of people with similar interests in order to pool resources and develop and share expertise
e) To provide and encourage ongoing learning and education for children, students, young people, and adults (life-time learners)
f) To undertake any other activity that the Society may decide would be of benefit or interest to members.
In order to gain the best interest, enjoyment and understanding our preference is to work through practical observation - we look at the sky!
Come along and join us: check out our News and Events page for latest happenings and upcoming proposals.
Our educational programme provides for general observation and understanding of the night sky and includes practical tuition on how to recognise and study various celestial objects – planets and our solar system, constellations, nebulas, galaxies, variable stars, other stars, satellites etc.
As members of the Occultation Section of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, our observing group is becoming involved in studying occultations of asteroids and other objects, which occur when one celestial body passes in front of another. These frequent and intriguing events provide an important way for amateur astronomers to make significant discoveries about objects within our solar system as well as the universe beyond.
The specialised equipment we have will allow us to participate by recording with precise accuracy in timing the small changes in magnitude of background stars as asteroids pass in front of them. This information is valuable to the world wide scientific community in calculating interstellar locations and distances.