Joining the Society

Anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to join the Astronomical Society – our members include beginners, advanced amateurs and professional astronomers.

Joining ASSA as a Centre Member

The easiest way to join is to become a member of your nearest Centre: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Hermanus, Garden Route, Johannesburg, or Pretoria. If you cannot conveniently join one of the Centres, you can join as a Country Member.

Joining ASSA as a Country Member

You can join ASSA by completing the online membership application form. Alternatively, an application form is available from the Membership Secretary or can be downloaded as a PDF. An entrance fee of R 50.00 is payable on joining, as well as an annual subscription of R 85.00, which includes a copy of the Sky Guide for the following year. The subscription year runs from July 01 to June 30, and the Sky Guide is expected to be published around November 01 each year.

Annual membership fees

Membership fees are R 85 per year.

ASSA banking details

Account number: 276188349
Account name: Astronomical Society of Southern Africa
Bank: Standard Bank of SA Ltd
Branch: Pinelands Branch
Branch code: 03 63 09

If a bank or direct deposit is made into the ASSA account, please note your name in the deposit reference, and send details of the transaction to the Membership Secretary.

The membership secretary can also be contacted via post:

Wilmi Nel
PO Box 1374

Joining a Section of the Society

There is no formal process to follow to join a Section other than contacting the Director and stating your interest in contributing to the Section’s work.