Welcome to the WAS website

Wellington Astronomical Society is an incorporated society and registered charity for promoting astronomy in and around the Wellington region.

Upcoming Events

Stargazers Getaway – The North Otago Astronomical Society Inc will be holding this event  from Friday August 30 to Sunday September 1 at Camp Iona in Herbert.  Email Co-ordinator, Damien McNamara  [email protected] for details if you are interested in attending.

WAS Astrophotography group / Dark Sky Observing – Saturday 31st August, 8.30 pm.  We are have this event in Wainuiomata rather than the Wairarapa. Further details of the event are available here and on our Facebook page.

Our regular Society Meeting will be held at Space Place/Carter Observatory on Wednesday 4th of September at 7.30 pm.    Further details of the meeting is available here and on our Facebook page.

September Star Party Saturday 7th September 6 – 10 pm, Wellington Waterfront by the bridge near the entrance to the Lagoon. Further details of the event are here and on our Facebook page.

WAS Astrophotography group / Dark Sky Observing Saturday 28th September, 8pm onwards, Star Field – John Whitby’s dark sky site.  Further details of the event are available here and on our Facebook page.

Beatrice Hill-Tinsley Lecture – Held in conjunction with the RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc.  This years lecture will held on Tuesday 15th October.  More detail and location information will be here and on our Facebook page closed to the date.

The New Zealand Starlight Conference  will be held at Tekapo, New Zealand from the 20th to the 23rd of October.  Further details including booking information can be found here.

WAS Membership Subscriptions for 2019-2020

It’s that time of year again when we ask you to renew your membership.  The try and keep the membership fees as low as possible so the fees are the same as last year.  Among other things your membership fees enable us to run public astronomy out reach event and schools visits at no charge to stimulate interest in space and astronomy in the Wellington region. 

The membership year is from September 1st to August 31st. 

Membership Type  

Cost for full-year membership
(1 Sep – 31 Aug)

Cost if applying after 1 Mar
(half year)




Unwaged (full-time students & beneficiaries) 



Associate (if you live 80+km away) 



Family membership (up to 2 caregivers & dependent children) 



If you want to pay your subs using Direct Deposit or Internet Banking: please use acct no 03-0502-0508656-00.  Remember to use your name as reference with your direct deposit, so WAS knows who’s paid.  And of course we are happy to accept real money by post or at the monthly meetings.


If you have any suggestions for things you would like to see on our website then please email the webmaster or fill out the “Contact Us” form.

Our Facebook page is at this link.