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Pretoria Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

Welcome! - The Pretoria branch of the Astronomical Society of South Africa offers amateur and professional astronomers the chance to learn more about the field of astronomy and enjoy the unique southern skies.

Notification to paid-up members of the ASSA Pretoria Centre: The 2022 Sky-Guides have arrived and are available at three collection points:

Johan Smit in Centurion - 072 806 2939, e-mail:

Michael Poll in the Moot Area - e-mail: (please contact Michael only by e-mail)

Danie Barnardo in Silverton - 084 588 6668, e-mail:

Please contact persons above for address details and to arrange for time of collection

Barbara Cunow captured images of the Lacaille objects

Barbara Cunow captured this image of Comet Leonard

Dawie Venter captured this image of Comet Leonard on 1 January 2022

Useful links to ASSA websites are listed at the bottom of this page

The monthly meeting will continue as a virtual meeting for the foreseeable future. Please send your e-mail contact information to Johan Smit should you wish to join the meeting online. See details of the next monthly meeting below.

Johan Smit is hosting a monthly "Virtual Observing Evening" on the Jitsi platform on the Friday preceding the monthly meeting. He will send invites by e-mail, but you can also join by clicking here

The next Virtual Observing Evening meeting is scheduled for Friday 23 July 2022

Next monthly meeting:

Notice concerning the ASSA Pretoria Centre AGM and Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 27 July 2022

Dear Centre Members and Meeting Visitors

Please be advised that it has been found necessary to reschedule the 27 July 2022 meeting of the Pretoria Centre until 3 August 2022. This is because a number of members, including the Chairman and some of the committee members will be at the Karoo Star Party scheduled from 27 to 31 July 2022, and accordingly will not be able to attend the AGM. Further arrangements will be communicated to all members. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on 3 August 2022

Johan Moolman caught the Total Lunar Eclipse of 16 May 2022 in a series of images

Click here for the May 2022 Newsletter!

Click here for the May 2022 Whats Up by Johan Smit

The 2022 Annual Karoo National Starparty is scheduled at the Kambro Accommodation & Padstal, 21 km north of Britstown, halfway between Johannesburg & Cape Town. Please book directly at the owner Wilma or the manager Louis (Tel: 053 672 0408; Cell: 083 800 0014 or e-mail

GPS Co-ordinates: S30°-25-00.3 E23°-33-56.1

Dates: 27th July (Wed, arrive) to 31st (Sun, depart) – official primary date or 25th July (Mon, arrive) to 31st (Sun, depart) – secondary dates for those who normally go for extra time in the dark skies.

2022 Skyguide

The ASSA Pretoria Centre's AGM was held on 28 July 2021. The Annual Report and the AGM minutes are available at the following links:

Johan Moolman released images of "The Magnificent 4 of our mid-winter evenings" Images of the Magificent 4 of of our mid-winter evenings: Eagle, Swan, Trifid and Lagoon Nebulae

Barbara Cunow compiled this composite image of observations between 15 and 27 December 2020 of the Jupiter - Saturn conjunction jupiter_saturn_201215-201227

Neville Young compiled this composite image of observations between 15 and 21 December 2020 of the Jupiter - Saturn conjunction neville_jupiter_saturn_con_21_12_2020

Johan Moolman made an observation of NGC 2467 "The Scull and Crossbones Nebula" Scull and Crossbones Nebula

Bosman Olivier gave a talk: "Remote Controlled Telescopes - Smart Astronomy" at the Centre's virtual meeting on 27 January 2021. The Power Point presentation of his talk is available at the following link: remote Controlled Telescopes.

Please have a look at our Observing Section page. Comments, suggestions and especially contributions will be appreciated! Send an e-mail to Percy (

Useful ASSA websites

The website for all information about the ASSA and the ASSA Centres:

ASSA Specialist Sections:ASSA has various areas of interest. Join and participate!

ASSA Publications to download and enjoy:

To receive as part of ASSA membership benefits: Sky Guide, the astronomical handbook for southern Africa

Mail Groups to join:

Social Media to join and share:

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