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.
Our web site was down for several hours this afternoon (Sunday, April 6 2014). Apparently, our hosting provider's "senior admins", while trying to fix a simple CPanel permissions issue, managed to lock out our web site software from our database. After several hours of trying to get them to fix their mistake, I went in and restored access. The latest update to the sorry saga is here.
Graham Blow, director of the RASNZ Occultation Section, was today awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to astronomy. Graham has worked tirelessly for many years to promote occultation observations in Australia and New Zealand, and was responsible for the creation of the successful Trans-Tasman Symposia on Occultations. The 8th TTSO will be held in conjunction with NACAA XXVI.
Prominence Training P/L continues to sponsor the operation of NACAA by funding its web site and teleconferencing costs, providing computer equipment, as well as countless hours of technical support over the last two years.
The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University has made a generous donation towards the running of NACAA XXVI. We thank the RSAA for their support.