The Phoenix Astronomical Society The Phoenix Astronomical Society (located in the lower North Island of New Zealand) is an active and enthusiastic society whose aim is to make astronomy accessible to everyone whatever their level of interest and knowledge; to increase public awareness of astronomy and related sciences, and to share with others the mysteries and wonders of the universe of which we are all a part. Since our formation in December 1997 our membership has grown rapidly with a diverse membership of men, women and children interested in different aspects of astronomy. TPAS welcomes new members of all ages and levels of interest. Our members range from absolute beginners, students, experienced teachers and adult educators, telescope-makers, experts in electronics, and optical systems, to various areas of research astronomy. We try to provide for all degrees of astronomical involvement, as some people want to be more active than others, and also offer social opportunities such as musical evenings and mid-winter dinners.
TPAS has built a recreational observatory containing a variety of telescopes for our members’ observing pleasure. We have our own clubrooms in our dark sky site in the Wairarapa overlooking the magnificent Tararua Ranges, well within reach of members in Wellington, Manawatu and the Hawkes Bay. This provides a space for meetings and workshops, research, social gatherings, and a place to make hot drinks on a clear, winter’s evening of observing.
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