Welcome to NACAA

The NACAA convention has been held across Australia since 1967, and has become a significant national forum at which amateur astronomers can exchange experiences, stay abreast of the latest trends, foster co-operative activities between individuals, societies and the professional sphere, and network amongst their peers throughout Australia and beyond.

The most important decision the newly elected NACAA Inc Committee needed to address was what to do following the cancellation of NACAA XIX.

There was some rumoured support for there being a NACAA held in 2021 at Parkes, but the members felt that having already organised an event in 2020 and having to organise another in 2022, adding 2021 would mean three straight years of event organisation!

The decision was made to hold NACAA XXX as planned in 2022. The committee had already received submissions for 2022, and after due consideration, I am pleased to announce that NACAA XXX will be held in Melbourne to be hosted by the ASV. 2022 is also their 150th anniversary, and so this is sure to be a NACAA to remember.

But what of Parkes, I hear you say? The co-convenors from CWAS were happy to see ASV take on the next event. However they are considering bidding to host NACAA XXXI in 2024 in Parkes, so those like me who were looking forward to the visit will still get the opportunity. I hope to see you all again in Melbourne in 2022.

Until then, stay safe and clear skies

David O’Driscoll, General Secretary


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