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 hosts of the 27th NACAA, the Sutherland Astronomical Society, are busy finalising the venue for this event. Expect an announcement in the next few weeks. And don't forget: put the dates 2016 March 25-28 in your diary now. You don't want to miss what promises to be a spectacular celebration of 50 years of NACAA, hosted by the society that played a key role in starting the event.
NACAA extends its apologies to those of you who are still awaiting your conference DVD from 2014. One of the downsides of dealing with an organisation based on volunteers is that sometimes things go pear shaped. The good news is that the people involved understand that the production of the DVD is a high priority, and we hope to make some progress over the next month. Again, we thank you for your patience.
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.
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.
NACAA is sad to report that Mike Smith, proprietor of The Binocular and Telescope Shop (BinTel) and long-term NACAA sponsor, has suffered a major stroke. He is making a slow recovery. NACAA extends its best wishes to Mike and Lil, and the BinTel staff. Get well soon, Mike!