Johannesburg Centre

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, excluding December at the Johannesburg Observatory, 18A Gill Street, Observatory, Johannesburg, at 19:30.  Visitors are welcome to attend all our meetings. The Centre has two medium-sized observatories housing four telescopes, and has the use of the 26.5-inch Innes Telescope. Viewing evenings which are open to the public are conducted on the Fridays when the Moon is nearest 1st and 3rd Quarter.

Chairman: Carmel Ives
Vice Chair:
Secretary: Tessa Collins
Treasurer: Alison Coulter
Communications: Michelle Freeman
Instrumentation & Outreach: Michael Pote
IT: Andy Overbeek

Voting Committee Members
Rajeev Gopal
Brendon Fairhurst
John Lindsay-Smith

Address: 18a Gill Street, Observatory, Johannesburg
-26.18342, 28.07487

Newsletter: Canopus
Centre Activities: Monthly Meeting: every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 19:30
Outreach: Check website for events

Mailing lists

General announcements for the Johannesburg Centre. Members are strongly advised to join this group, to obtain late-breaking announcements, e.g. extraordinary meetings, changes in planning, etc. To subscribe, send an e-mail to
[assaatm] Amateur Telescope Making: news & discussion on the subject of telescope making, a means for people involved in or interested in our telescope making class to share their experience. To subscribe, send an e-mail to
[assacanopus] Distribution list for the PDF version of our monthly newsletter, Canopus. To subscribe, send an e-mail to


ScopeX, hosted by members of ASSA, is an annual telescope and astronomy expo aiming to promote interest in astronomy and related disciplines. The format includes exhibitions of self-made telescopes, sundials, astrophotos, etc., demonstrations of mirror making, talks, science shows, a camera obscura, student science exhibitions and a star show. Since its inception in 2002, ScopeX has been held in the Military History Museum in Johannesburg.

Further events are indefinitely on hold. Should viable circumstances arise, it would be advertised on the ScopeX website.

Website: ScopeX.