Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand
Southern Stars: Abstracts Volume 44: March 2005 to December 20057.
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Southern Stars: Volume 44, number 1.
March 2005. Pp 1 - 40.
Papers from the Conference celebrating Frank Bateson's 80 Years of Astronomy.
Held 2004 December 4 at Tauranga, New Zealand.
Pencils to PCs.
While a child, I was fascinated by the stars and wanted to know about them but did not know anyone who could help me. The stars were both literally and metaphorically above my head so all I could hope to do would be to learn the names and places in the sky of the constellations and the stars comprising them, and of course the zodiac (ecliptic) and where to look for the planets. I had no pretensions of making Astronomy my main interest - it could only be just a sideline.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 3 - 4
A Brief Musing on
the Events leading up to the Digitising of the VSS Observation
I first met, or I should say, 'sighted' Dr Frank Bateson somewhere around the middle of the last century when he was sojourning at Mt John. I was returning from a 2-week skiing holiday at Mt Cook when the bus our party was on made a detour up Mt John as the driver thought we might be interested. In Interested we all were, but my main memories of that visit were the kindly gentleman with 'the fog-horn voice' and the holes under the accommodation hut where the rabbits lived in the winter to keep warm.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 5-6
A brief history of
Mt John and a tribute to Frank Bateson's involvement in Mt John's
In this article I will summarize the contribution that Frank Bateson made to establishing the observatory at Mt John in the 1960s. I will go on to note the main developments at the observatory between its foundation and the present time.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 7-11
Memories of the
Of all Frank Bateson's work and achievements, that of establishing Mt John Observatory must be counted among the greatest. The work of the RASNZ's Variable Star Section gave Frank international standing that, combined with his diligence and long experience in Business administration, made him the obvious person to lead a site survey in New Zealand.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 12-17
Legacy: Variable Stars Research at the Auckland
Frank Bateson's advice to the Auckland Astronomical Society's members looking for projects for their new Auckland Observatory has stood the test of time. Decades later the observation of variable stars is still the mainstay of Auckland's research programmes.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 17 - 23
'Abdication Eclipse' with Frank Bateson.
December 1936 saw England concerned greatly with its constitutional crisis, the chief figure in which was the yet uncrowned King Edward VIII. The biggest concern in NZ, at least for amateur astronomers, was "How can we watch the 14 December 14 annular eclipse without taking a sickie?"
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. P 23
Variable Stars: the Professional/Amateur
To start, let me remind you that cataclysmic variables form one of the types of interacting binary star (or close binary) wherein mass is transferred from one star to another. If the accreting component is a degenerate star then the term compact binary is usually used - the accretor may be a white dwarf, a neutron star or a black hole. The donor can also be almost any sort of star - main sequence, giant, supergiant or even another white dwarf.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 24 - 27
Observations of Type II Cepheids.
The variability of Type I (or Classical) Cepheids has been extensively studied and our understanding of their pulsation mechanism and evolutionary status is very well established. These variables are young, massive population I stars which inhabit the disks of spiral galaxies and are thus useful tracers of the young stellar population in these galaxies. The Type II Cepheids appear in a similar part of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and exhibit similar light curve and are easy to confuse with Type I Cepheids. However, they are smaller, fainter less massive population II variables, and we find them in globular clusters, the halo and the thick disk of the Galaxy. Type II Cepheids are therefore useful tracers of this older stellar population.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 28 - 32
Chart Working Group.
The International Chart Working Group (ICWG) was formed in 2000 with the remit to develop and promote best practice for producing new variable star sequences and the standardization and correction of existing discrepant sequences. The ICWG has the official backing of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) and the British Astronomical Association's Variable Star Section (BAAVSS).
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 33 - 35
IY Carinae - a
Mira Type Variable Star.
Results of 18 years observation provide the previously lacking basic catalogue data on the Mira type variable star IY Carinae. A visual magnitude range of 10.1 to fainter then 15.0 and a mean period of 283.90 days are found. An epoch for determining dates of maximum brightness is JD 2447919±283.90 days.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 35 - 36
Book Review -
"The Life and Science of Leon Foucault" by William
Tobin, reviewed by Clive Rowe.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. Pp 37 - 38
CD-ROM Review -
"Venus' rendez-vous" edited by J-E Arlot, reviewed
by William Tobin.
Volume 44, number 1. March 2005. P 38
|Southern Stars: Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 1 - 28.|
May 6-8 2005, Palmer Mill Road, Taupo. With thanks to a couple of roving Queenslanders who brought fine weather with them , we had a very successful inaugural Australasian Astrophotgraphy weekend. Friday was a stunning day for the drive to Taupo. The autumn colours of this country are truly spectacular.
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 3 - 4
Cloudy weather meant I did not see Active Region 10720 rounding the east limb of the Sun. When I first saw the group (2005 January 14) I was struck by its likeness to Carrington's famous spot of 1859 when white light flares were discovered. 10720 was seemingly the 'ghost of Carrington's spot when seen in white light.
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 5 - 6
In December 2004 Garry Telford was invited to present a series of lectures in Astronomy aboard 'Discovery' a cruise-ship operated by World Discovery Cruises Ltd of London. Discovery, which is a much smaller ship than the average in the industry, left Tahiti on 15 February 2005 and arrived in Auckland on 2 March 2005, with stops in Rangiroa and Raitea (French Polynesia), Vava'u (Tonga), Suva and Dravuni Island (Fiji) and the Bay of Islands (New Zealand).
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 7 - 8
Society of New Zealand - Annual Report for 2004.
President's remarks, Financial report, Membership report, Council activities, Publications, Section reports.
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 9 - 17
Astronomy at the
University of Canterbury - Annual Report for 2004.
Observatory Director: Dr M D Albrow, report complied by Dr William Tobin.
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 18 - 23
2005: The Einstein
June 2005 was a very important centenary, particularly for astronomers, being the hundredth anniversary of the Special Theory of Relativity.
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 24 - 25
Book Review - "The
New Amateur Astronomer" by Martin Mobberley.
reviewed by Ursula MacFarlane.
Volume 44, number 2. June 2005. Pp 26
Southern Stars: Volume 44, number 3.
September 2005. Pp 1 - 28.
Tribulations of an Amateur Astronomer.
This article present a description of the Farm Cove Observatory in an eastern suburb of Auckland and a summary of the observational work done there. The problems presented by equipment failure, and the environment are discussed as are some of the memorable highlights and discoveries.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 3 - 5.
Observatory with a Papier Mâché Skinned
This article documents my recent experience building a 2.75m papier mâché dome. The Observatory is for a 20cm x 200 GPS telescope which is now being used with a CCD camera.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 6 - 7.
What if I had not made Astronomy a great interest in my life?
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 7 - 8.
VLO - The
W H Allen.
This paper describes the equipment at the VLO, Vintage Lane Observatory, Marlborough, New Zealand, the UBV photometric photometry of Eta Carina and the time series CCD photometry of cataclysmic variables observations made for professional astronomers, and other observations made by the author including the drift scan method of timing asteroid occultations, CCD photometry of minor planets to determine rotation periods, and the serendipitous discovery of new variable stars.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 9 - 11.
Probing the Fabric
of Space: from Foucault's Gyroscope to Gravity Probe
Foucault's original gyroscope in 1852 and the gyroscopes in NASA's Gravity Probe B satellite were both conceived with the same goal of probing the nature of space in the vicinity of the Earth.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 12 - 14.
RASNZ Dark Skies
In 2003, at the RASNZ Annual General Meeting in Christchurch, a motion was passed to establish a Dark Skies Working Committee to investigate ways that RASNZ could work to improve the light pollution effects in New Zealand's night time skies.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 14 - 15.
and Amateur Input.
Many amateurs around the world are now making significant contributions to asteroid research. These observers are collaborating nationally and internationally with other amateurs and with professional astronomers. Work is being done in the fields of astrometry and photometry, with many amateurs determining spin periods as well as contributing to shape modeling studies and radar investigations. Much of this research can be found published in the quarterly journal The Minor Planet Bulletin, now online.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 16 - 19.
Astronomy at the
University of Canterbury Department of Physics & Astronomy
and at the Mt John University Observatory.
Report compiled by Dr William Tobin.
Report for the period 2002 January 1 to 2003 December 31.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 21 - 26.
Book Review -
"Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope" by Fred
Watson. reviewed by William Tobin.
Volume 44, number 3. September 2005. Pp 20.
|Southern Stars: Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. Pp 1 - 20.|
New Zealand's 'Bright Star'.
In 1955 a slender and vivacious girl answering to the name of 'Beetle' announced her determination to be an astrophysicist. It was an extraordinary decision for anyone to make in 1955, let a lone a girl of 14, but Beatrice Hill, late Tinsley, was no ordinary girl. A gifted musician and linguist, she was an outstanding 'all rounder' academically, yet she chose to work in this abstruse and difficult field. In her short life (she died of cancer at 40), Beatrice's brilliant work on stellar and galactic evolution became a corner stone of modern cosmology.
Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. Pp 3 - 4.
Section Competition Winner - NC 253 taken by David
Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. P 5.
Fireworks! Active Region 808.
The activity in 2005 September of the large sunspot group 10808 is discussed. This was the return of active region 10798 of the previous month. That such activity on the Sun continued despite the proximity if Solar Minimum adds to the excitement and interest of these regions. Observations in hydrogen alpha light enable detailed phenomenon to be followed both on and off the Sun's disc.
Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. Pp 6 - 7.
The advent of low price, high sensitivity video cameras, coupled with milli-second accurate on-screen-time-displays gives the possibility of timing occultations to accuracies of the order of ±0.01 seconds. This in its turn raises the possibility of detecting diffraction effects as a star is occulted. How much in the way of diffraction it is likely to be possible to detect for lunar and for minor planets occultations will be discussed.
Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. Pp 8 - 11.
New Zealand Radio Astronomy and Trans-Tasman Long-Baseline
Sergei Gulyaev, Tim Natusch, Brent Addis, Steven Tingay and Adam Deller.
Recent radio operational tests and observations using trans-Tasman Very Long Baseline Interferometry are described and plans for further development of Radio Astronomy in New Zealand explained.
Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. Pp 12 - 16.
Array in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Volume 44, number 4. December 2005. Pp 17.
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