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Many ex­perts rec­om­mend that be­gin­ners learn the night skies from other peo­ple. There are as­tron­omy clubs all over SA keen to share their pas­sion, knowl­edge – and te­le­scopes • The As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety of South­ern Africa, for am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional as­tronomers, has eight cen­tres around the coun­try (in­clud­ing Dur­ban, Joburg, Pre­to­ria and the Gar­den Route) that hold reg­u­lar meet­ings. assa.saao.ac.za • The SA As­tro­nom­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory in Cape Town has monthly talks and stargaz­ing ses­sions on the se­cond and fourth Satur­day of every month. saao.ac.za • West Rand As­tron­omy Club, based in Wit­poortjie, meets on the last Wed­nes­day of each month. wrac.org.za • The Friends of Boy­den in Bloem­fontein or­gan­ise lec­tures and view­ing ses­sions at the Boy­den Ob­ser­va­tory. ass­abfn. co.za/friend­sof­boy­den/ • Die Orion Ob­ser­vasie Groep has reg­u­lar stargaz­ing evenings dur­ing the sum­mer months at the Taal Mon­u­ment in Paarl. Find them on Face­book. • South­ern Penin­sula As­tron­omy Club in Fish Hoek meets on first Thurs­days and fo­cuses on begin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate as­tron­omy. Find them on Face­book. • South­ern Cape As­tron­omy Club has ac­cess to a pri­vate ob­ser­va­tory on a farm out­side Pearly Beach, near Her­manus. Find them on Face­book. • Rhodes Uni­ver­sity As­tron­omy So­ci­ety in Gra­ham­stown meets every Tues­day in term time, with a lec­ture and stargaz­ing ses­sion at the Simon Walsh Ob­ser­va­tory.

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