Join Us

Membership of Wellington Astronomical Society is open to everyone with an interest in astronomy.

The membership year is from September 1st to August 31st. Joining after March 1st pay half of the full year amount.

We have had to add GST to our membership fees so they have increased a little since last year.

Membership fees:

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) 



The above include our newsletter distributed by email 11 times per year.

If you would like to join the society having seen who we are, please either fill out and submit the Registration Web Form, or you download the PDF WAS Application Form application form.  The application form can be emailed, posted or bring it along to our next regular meeting.  Our postal address is:

The Membership Secretary,
Wellington Astronomical Society,
PO Box 3181,
Wellington 6140

Paying for your membership
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 money by post or at the monthly meeting.

Our Activities
The Wellington Astronomical Society is for anyone who is interested in stars, planets or any other topic related to astronomy. Our main goal is to educate and promote astronomy, providing opportunities for all to experience our spectacular night skies.

We run public viewing events at the Wellington waterfront and travel to many primary and secondary schools to observe the Moon and planets using our telescopes. We also hold joint events with libraries and science organisations. Every month, the Society organises observing and astrophotography / deep sky events.

We hold a monthly Society meeting with inspirational speakers presenting on many varied topics on astronomy. At least once a year, we host an international speaker for a free public lecture.

We are involved in over 60 events a year, which are all free. The reason being we want to make our astronomy events freely accessible for anyone and everyone to attend.

Why Join?
As a Society, we still incur costs for venue hire, hosting international speakers, purchasing telescope equipment, insurance and affiliation fees and we need members to support the promotional and educational work we do.

So, if you believe in what we are doing, want to support and be part of our activities, then please consider becoming a member of the Wellington Astronomical Society.  It costs less than $1 a week.

As a member you will receive monthly newsletters and other publications, the ability to learn about telescopes if you are interested in purchasing one and, in the near future, access to a remotely accessible telescope via the internet for astrophotography and research work. This remote-access observatory is currently under development.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]