National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers
Amateur astronomy | Australian Sky and Telescope
In two enthusiastic amateur astronomical groups, the James Cook Astronomers Club and the Canberra Astronomical Society met in Katoomba to discuss holding an astronomy convention in Australia. The first national Australian astronomy convention was subsequently held over Easter in Canberra in , jointly hosted by the James Cook Astronomers Club and the Pacific Astronomical Society both Sydney-based organisations. Subsequent conventions were held in Port Macquarie , Ballarat , and Wollongong After four initial annual conventions, it was agreed to hold the event biennially.
Partly due to a limited budget, partly due to the sheer vastness of space, amateur astronomers are increasingly being recognized for their important contribution to what we know and understand of the universe. With home telescopes increasing in ability and decreasing in cost, more and more people are taking to watching the skies at night. Some of these amateur astronomers have made some truly historic and important discoveries over the years. Here are 10 of them.
Considering the unparalleled views of the southern skies, it is no surprise that over thirty amateur astronomical societies exist in Australia. Groups meetings are held at least once per month and cater for all ages and levels of interest. Most societies own equipment, ranging from portable telescopes to complete observatories. For more information on observatories see the list of observatories and planetaria on this site. For a list of amateur gatherings and star-parties, as well as professional conferences, see the Meetings page on this website.