Helps On Line

If you are reading this site you will know about the Internet. A good starting point is to join in with your local Astronomical Society. My local club is online at and there are many similar groups elsewhere.

It’s important to gather basic knowledge and understand the terminology. Don’t be afraid to talk about what you don’t know or understand.

I have been encouraged in my discovery and enjoyment of Astronomy by Dr. Brian Ventrudo who operates as the ‘One Minute Astronomer’. There are very good resources available at:-

I have found this site worthwhile There are many very sound groups worth consideration. It’s good to build a list of helpful sites which you trust. Here is one you might enjoy with good “Planet” information

Here are some contacts which may be of interest:-

Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ)

New Zealand’s National Astronomical Society


One Minute Astronomer

Basic Astronomy for Busy People



News and Information about the Sun-Earth environment



Astronomy Weather Forecasts



Free Planetarium Program



Some local Astronomy Societies where there is a welcome for visitors are as follow :-

Wellington Astronomical Society

Phoenix Astronomical Society

Auckland Astronomical Society

Hamilton Astronomical Society

Canterbury Astronomical Society