Whakatane Astronomical Society

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Whakatane Astronomical Society
FormationJanuary 1, 1963; 57 years ago (1963-01-01)
Coordinates37°57′24″S 176°59′58″E / 37.956642°S 176.999544°E / -37.956642; 176.999544Coordinates: 37°57′24″S 176°59′58″E / 37.956642°S 176.999544°E / -37.956642; 176.999544
Region served
Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Norman Izett
AffiliationsRoyal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

The Whakatane Astronomical Society is a voluntary, non-profit society for people interested in amateur astronomy in the Whakatane District of New Zealand. The society was founded in September 1960, and maintains a small observatory in Whakatane, which has been operating continuously since 1964.[1] The society is affiliated with the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand.[2]

The Society's main fund raising activity is the running of observing nights on Tuesday and Friday evenings, where members of the public pay a small fee to view the sky using one or more of the society's telescopes at the observatory, under the guidance of a society member. Similar evenings are can also be run for larger/school groups, with prior arrangement.


The Society's observatory houses three main telescopes:

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  1. ^ Whakatane Astronomical Society. "Sky of Plenty". Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. ^ Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. "Affiliated Societies". Retrieved 2010-03-09.

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