Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy

Announcing our Next Course in Auckland!

Introduction to Astronomy, The Night Sky & The Cosmos

Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy, AAA, was launched by Professor John Hearnshaw with the support of Nalayini Davies, to satisfy an unmet need in the astronomical community.

We are pleased to announce our next course
‘Introduction to Astronomy, The Night Sky & The Cosmos’
At: The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Auckland
On: 21-23 October 2022

This Auckland course will cover:

  • New Zealand’s Night Sky & The Universe – an introduction
  • Observational Astronomy – underlying principles & practical application
  • Astrophotography – technical guidance & practical usage
  • Workshops – Astrophotography, Astrotourism & Outreach sessions
  • Telescopes & Binoculars – technical guidance & practical usage
  • Maori astronomy – an introduction
  • Practical Stargazing – ‘hands-on’ with traditional & digital scopes & binoculars
This is the course for you if you are interested in:


  • NZ’s Night Sky & The Universe–what you can see & what lies beyond
  • Astronomy– what objects are observable & how best to observe them
  • Astrophotography today – the products & the practice
  • Astrotourism and/or Outreach – how to conduct these successfully
  • The Dark Sky Movement in NZ – what it is & how you can participate
  • Buying a Telescope or Binoculars – which is best for you & how to use them

An immersive experience, this course comprises a series of lectures, workshops, practical sessions, stargazing (weather permitting) and lots of interactions with our Course Instructors.

AAA’s Courses are Designed for Those Interested in:

Astronomy

Astrotourism

Astrophotography

Stargazing/Outreach

NZ’s Dark Sky Movement

Astro-tourism participants

Amateur Astronomers

Photographers

Night Sky Navigators

Lifetime Learners

Nature Lovers

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NEXT COURSE
21-23 OCTOBER 2022
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Home of the America’s Cup is a spacious, multi-functional building at the foot of the Harbour Bridge in Westhaven Marina. 

The RNZYS building has a distinctive nautical appearance where sun-drenched decks and rooms offer superb views over Westhaven Marina, CBD, Waitemata Harbour and the Harbour Bridge.

NEXT SCHOOL
8-10 JULY 2022
MARTINBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

The Martinborough Hotel offers boutique accommodation located on the doorstep to everything Martinborough and the South Wairarapa has to offer.

TEKAPO, NEW ZEALAND

Tasman Room, Godley Hotel, SH8, Lake Tekapo

Tekapo is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, within the Aoraki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

TWIZEL, NEW ZEALAND

Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

The course is designed for current or prospective astrotourism night-sky guides or for anyone interested in navigating the night sky and understanding more about astronomy.