June 2015

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My Father Dr Frank Bateson, and Mt John
Audrey Walsh
 
In this paper I give you some ‘non astronomical’ insights to the work and life of my father, Dr Frank Bateson, leading to the establishment of our now internationally recognised Mt John Observatory
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p3

 

Recent Successful Asteroidal Occultations in our Region in the Past Year
John Talbot
 
A selection of interesting minor planet occultation results observed from Australia and New Zealand during 2014 is presented. A TTOS9 and 2015 RASNZ conference paper.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p7

 

Brian Loader - FRASNZ
 
At the Annual General Meeting of the RASNZ held on 9th May 2015, during the annual conference at Tekapo, Brian Loader was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. Brian has held several offices of the society and is a long term, active member of the Occultation Section. The citation accompanying his appointment as Fellow is below.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p10

 

Book Review - Features of the Near Side Moon
Maurice Collins
 
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p12

 

Thomas Richards - Honorary Member
 
At the RASNZ AGM held on 9th May 2015, during the annual conference at Tekapo, Tom Richards was elected as an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. The citation accompanying his appointment as Honorary Member is below.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p13

 

Book Review - Mt John: the First 50 Years
R W Evans
 
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p14

 

Students With a Passion for Astronomy
John Hearnshaw
 
For some time it has been clear, to me at least, that not only does our Society need to increase its overall membership, but also more young astronomers need to be recruited to our ranks. Younger members bring enthusiasm and vitality to the Society’s activities. I also believe that the enjoyment and benefit any participant at a RASNZ conference gains from attending goes something like the square of the number of people.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p15

 

Murray Geddes Prize - Graeme Kershaw
 
At the RASNZ conference banquet held on 9th May 2015, during the annual conference at Tekapo, Graeme Kershaw was awarded the 2015 Murray Geddes Prize.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p18

 

Prepointing for Occultations
John Talbot
 
Prepoint: verb. - to point a telescope at a point in the sky where an event is predicted to occur at some time in the future. A technique that is particularly suited to observing with mounts that are not perfectly aligned or do not have accurate pointing or tracking ability (eg Dobsonian, mobile observation). It helps to have a driven RA axis.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p20

 

Aurora Australis Public Events
Steve Butler
 
Take one global idea; the International Year of Light 2015, and mix it with local passion, a Facebook group of aurora watchers, and you have an idea that grew beyond expectation.
Volume 54, number 2. June 2015. p22