Astronomical Societies and Clubs in Southern Africa
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Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)
ASSA is the largest astronomical society in Southern Africa and hosts this website. The Society has various Centres located throughout the region. Go to the homepage or get more information about membership.
The Membership Secretary, ASSA
P.O. Box 9
Astronomical Society of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The society holds meetings on the second Monday of every month at the City Club, 95 Josiah Tongara Street, Bulawayo. Visitors are welcome. The society also publishes a monthly newsletter.
Contact: c/o Mr E Bloomhill, PO Box 2365, Bulawayo.
Astronomical Work Group, Namibia.
The society, situated in Windhoek, is active in the fields of astrophotography, solar and occultation observing. It has an observing site housing a 36-cm telescope at the Brakwater Agricultural Centre outside Windhoek. Exhibitions and public viewing sessions are organized.
Contact: Mrs S Enke, PO Box 5198, Windhoek.
Hermanus Astronomy Club
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at Fernkloof Hall in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus.
Contact: John Saunders (Chairman): 028 314 0543
Rhodes University Astronomy Society
Astrosoc is an Astronomy society associated with Rhodes University in Grahamstown but is open to all members of the public. The society meets every week during terms, where each week there is an interesting talk given by a member of the society or by a guest speaker which is followed (weather permitting) by viewing of the night sky and, of course, hot chocolate. Astrosoc owns four telescopes, including one 129-year-old ten inch Newtonian reflector, recently motorised, permanently mounted in the Simon Walsh Observatory. Public viewings and outreach events are frequently held throughout the year.
Soutpansberg Astronomy Club
Formed in 2002, this group is possibly the most northerly astronomy club in South Africa. "There are some brilliant dark sites in the area that we have access to," writes Kos Coronaios, chairman of the club.
Contact: P.O. Box 105, Louis Trichardt, 0920
Tel: 079 148 4934
Web page: [http://www.foton.co.za/Soutpansberg_Astronomy_Club.htm]
East Rand Astronomy Club
Contact: Constant Volschenk (011) 717 1397 (office hours)
Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month, excluding January, at the Benoni Library Theatre at 19h30. Confirm by phoning the number above.
Web page: [http://www.eastrandastronomy.co.za]
Orion Observasie Groep (OOG)
Consisting of an informal group of mostly beginners, but all with a very lively and enthusiastic interest in Astronomy. Although mostly centred in the Western Cape, there are members from all over the country.
Contact: Willie Koorts [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Friends of Boyden Observatory
Formed as an interest group to protect the public participation in the Boyden revitalization program. Centred in Bloemfontein.
Contact: Braam van Zyl [email@example.com] / 051-436 7555
Kroonstad Astronomy Club
An informal astronomy club that meets once a month, usually during a dark moon, in Kroonstad (Free State). Various members have built their own telescopes or have acquired commercial instruments.
For more information, please contact Leonie Delport at delportj at lantic.net.
South Peninsula Astronomy Club
Centered around Fishhoek in the Western Cape, near Cape Town. A club for mostly beginners and persons with intermediate experience.
Contact: Wolfgang Lange (021) 785 3713
More information: [http://www.astronomy.com/asy/community/groups/group-info.asp?groupid=354]
West Rand Astronomy Club
Centered around the West Rand in Gauteng, South Africa. A club open to all interested persons, regardless of equipment or knowledge.
Contact: Kenny Nevill 082 3351983
More information: [http://www.wrac.org.za]
UCT Astronomy Club
Founded in January 2010, this club encourages interest in the sciences, engineering and, specifically, astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Its outreach programme The Stellar Club aims to develop maths and science skills in underprivileged schools in the Western Cape. Meetings take place at UCT each second Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and are open to all UCT students.
Contact: uctastroclub at gmail.com
More information: [UCT Astronomy Club details]
A young stargazing club based in Orania, North Cape. It has about 40 members in town, plus a few on its Facebook group.
oraniasterre at gmail.com
oraniasterreklub at groups.facebook.com