The NACAA convention has been held across Australia since 1967, and has become a significant national forum at which amateur astronomers can exchange experiences, stay abreast of the latest trends, foster co-operative activities between individuals, societies and the professional sphere, and network amongst their peers throughout Australia and beyond.
The 27th NACAA will be hosted by the Sutherland Astronomical Society, at a venue somewhere in southern Sydney. Put the dates 2016 March 25-28 in your diary now. If you are not already a NACAA member, join NACAA to receive updates on this important event: the 50th anniversary of NACAA.
Graham Lindsay Blow, ONZM, FRASNZ, APSNZ, noted astronomer, computer programmer, and photographer, passed away peacefully after a long illness at home in Wellington on Wednesday 31 December 2014, aged 60 years. Graham was the Director of the RASNZ Occultation Section for many decades, the driving force that led to the establishment of the very successful Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations (TTSO), and a regular attendee at NACAA. He was also a close friend to many of us, including me, and will be very sorely missed.
Apologies to those of you who have enquired about the 2014 Conference DVD. As often happens, the people working on collating and editing the material have been distracted by other things, and have been very slow to create the DVD. We thank you for your patience.
Bill Bradfield, well known South Australian amateur astronomer, passed away peacefully on the 9th of June 2014 after a long illness. Bill is best known for his 18 visual comet discoveries. He received many awards in his life, including the 1981 Page Medal from the ASA, the 2004 Edgar Wilson Award from the IAU, and an AO in 1989. Bill was also a regular contributor to NACAA for many years. He will be missed.