Facilities & Observatories

ASSA occupies a number of permanent observatories in South Australia that house some of the largest telescopes in the state. These are used by for various projects, and to show the public the southern skies. We are also working on a number of projects, such as the 36" South Australia Telescope, and our members run sessions at the planetarium and at schools.


  • Stockport Observatory
    The Society's primary dark sky site that houses three telescopes in two domes and a roll-away shed, a large lecture shed, and sleeping accommodation and amenities for members
  • The Heights Observatory
    A joint facility run by ASSA and The Heights School
  • Tooperang Observing Site
    Members nights are held at the Tooperang Hall, approximately 60km from Adelaide on the Meadows to Goolwa Road

Regional Branches

At present the Society has two regional branches that regularly hold meetings and viewing nights in their local area. Each branch has a number of assorted telescopes.

  • Whyalla
    The Whyalla branch meets on the last Tuesday of every month (execept December) and holds viewing nights for both public and members at least once a month.
  • Northern Yorke Peninsula
    The Northern Yorke Peninsula branch, informally known as the "NYPpers", are a small group that meet and observe at least once a month.

Other Facilities

  • Library
    A range library of books, DVDs, visual displays and telescopes are available for members to borrow through the Society's library.

  • Adelaide Planetarium
    Located at the University of South Australia's Mawson Lakes campus, the Planetarium allows the public to enjoy astronomy at any time of the day, even when it's cloudy!