MicroFUN Farm Cove 

        Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand

     Long: E 174 53' 39"  Lat: S 36 53' 43" 

                    IAU Obs Code E85

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Farm Cove

Farm Cove Observatory joined the MicroFUN team in 2004 and is known within the  collaboration as MicroFUN Farm Cove. MicroFUN and Andy Gould have been generous supporters of the observatory by supplying the new  telescope and focuser currently used at FCO.


 MicroFUN Links

Data Arhive 2012
Data Archive 2011
World MicroFUN Teams
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NZ Microfun team

FCO 2012 Targets

OGLE 2012 026
OGLE 2012 103
MOA 2012 085
MOA 2012 084
OGLE 2012 207
MOA 2012 200
MOA 2012 022
MOA 2012 288
MOA 2012 291
MOA 2012 320
MOA 2012 377

  Microlensing Follow Up Network (MicroFUN)



 New Zealand

North Island Teams

Farm Cove Observatory

Jennie McCormick

East Auckland


Auckland Observatory

Dr Grant Christie

& Tim Natusch

Central Auckland


Mt Molehill Observatory

Mark Bos

North Auckland


Kumeu Observatory

Dave Moorhouse & Guy Thornley


West Auckland


Possum Observatory

John Drummond



South Island Team

Vintage Lane Observatory

Bill Allen




MicroFUN is an informal consortium of observers from 5 continents, both professional and amateur, dedicated to photometric monitoring of interesting microlensing events in the Galactic Bulge.

The MicroFUN observing season runs from May through September each year when the Galactic Bulge is visible in the night sky. Because the Bulge is at RA=18h Dec=–30, most of the sites are in the Southern Hemisphere, or at relatively low northern latitudes (at or just below 30 North latitude).

 In New Zealand, the Galactic Bulge runs high overhead during the winter months.


The collaboration is led from The Ohio State University Astronomy Department and is headed by Professor Andrew Gould.  The primary scientific objective of this group is to observe high-magnification microlensing events that give the best potential for detecting extra-solar planets orbiting distant stars.

  Pictures of Interest
MicroFUN Team Dec 2008, Auckland New Zealand

Dec 2008, MicroFUN members in Auckland for the first MicroFUN meeting.

Back row from left: Barbara Pogge, Greg Bolt, Guy Thornley, Dave Moorhouse, Byeong-Gon Park, Tim Natusch, John Drummond, Marc Bos.

 Front: Grant Christie, Andy Gould, Cheongho Han, Chung-Uk-Lee, Rick Pogge,  Scott Gaudi and Jennie McCormick

Artist Impression OGLE-2005-BLG-071 Courtesy MicroFUN Artist Impression OGLE-2006-BLG-109 Courtesy John McCormick
  Published Planet Discoveries

3x Jupiter Mass Planet


Neptune Mass Planet

NZ Herald -  May 26, 2005


Jupiter and Saturn Analogue

Editorial Cartoon of the NZ Parliament building following the press release announcing the discovery of



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