Southland Astronomical Society
|Formation||January 1, 1961|
|Coordinates||46°24′27″S 168°21′12″E / 46.4074974°S 168.353312°ECoordinates: 46°24′27″S 168°21′12″E / 46.4074974°S 168.353312°E|
|Invercargill, New Zealand|
|Affiliations||Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand|
|Website||Southland Astronomical Society|
The Southland Astronomical Society is the southern-most astronomical society in the world. Based in Invercargill at the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island, its small, active group of about 36 amateur astronomer members participate in a variety of astronomical activities including education with groups and school children, deep sky observing, astrophotography and aurora observation.
The society operates the Southland Astronomical Society Observatory and telescope at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, with public viewing nights during the winter (April to September). The telescope is a fork mounted 30 cm (12 inch) diameter Cassegrain design.
The society meets monthly to discuss general astronomical topics and receive presentations of astronomical interest. The society has a small library which holds a range of astronomical texts and magazines both contemporary and historical. The society publishes a monthly newsletter for members.
- "Southland Astronomical Society". Local Astronomical Societies affiliated to the RASNZ. Wellington, New Zealand: Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
- "About the Society". Invercargill, New Zealand: Southland Astronomical Society. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
- "The Observatory". Invercargill, New Zealand: Southland Astronomical Society. Retrieved 27 December 2009.