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

Dark Sky Observing – Astrophotography

WAS holds regular observing events at the Starfield dark sky site near Martinborough, usually co-inciding with the weekend nearest to New Moon. Watch this space for the next date to be announced, and let us know in advance if you would like to attend, as these are members-only events.

February 2023 Monthly meeting

The first monthly meeting of the year will be on Tuesday 7 Feb in the Draughtsman’s Room at Wellington Museum. More details will be available here and on our Facebook page closer to the date.

Remember, non-members are always welcome to attend.


Call for Volunteers

The construction of the observatories both in Wellington and at the dark sky site in the Wairarapa is ramping up. We are therefore looking for volunteers to help. All offers of help would be good, but if you have some particular skills that would be even better. Electrical, electronic, construction, computer and mechanical skills are all required to get these observatories up and running. We are particularly looking for mechanical skills to help with the dome rotation at the Gifford observatory.

We normally have a number of outreach events scheduled over the next few months or so. We have a team of volunteers who help with these events, but we are always looking for new blood. These outreach events are very popular and attract lots of appreciative comments and oooooohs and aaaaaahs. Occasionally the appreciation even extends to a cup of tea and a biscuit. For a typical event we take 2 or 3 telescopes and let people look at the moon, planets etc. Volunteers require no particular astronomy knowledge or experience with using telescopes. In fact, if you wish to learn how to use a telescope this would be an ideal opportunity as you will be working alongside experienced and knowledgeable people. In addition, full training of 2 to 10 minutes may be provided before we let the hordes loose. The only equipment you will need to bring is warm jacket and, recommended but optional, a thick pair of socks.

If you can help our team of volunteers at one or more of these events, please let us know by emailing president@was.org.nz or secretary@was.org.nz.


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Our Facebook page is at this link.


WAS Monthly Meeting location (red marker)

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