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.
The RASNZ Occultation Section is pleased to announce that the 9th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations (TTSO9) will be held at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, over 11-12 May 2015. Comprehensive information about the meeting is available here. The meeting will immediately follow the 2015 RASNZ Conference and the Mt John Observatory 50th Anniversary Symposium.
Apologies to those of you who have enquired about the 2014 Conference DVD. As often happens, the people responsible for 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.
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!