2017 Spring SSP (October 18 tot 23)

The 14th Southern Star Party (2017 Spring) will be held 2017 October 18–23 at Leeuwenboschfontein, a guest farm set on the edge of the Little Karoo about 200km from Cape Town.


Registration is now open!

Download the registration form, read the accommodation information page and phone 084 512 9866 or 021 982 6496 to check availability and book your accommodation,  before completing the registration form.

NEW UPDATE:  Only campsites still available!

Registrations to be done by 15 October 2017. All late registrations (after the 15th of October) must be paid in cash on arrival at the Registration table in the Social Barn. Please note:  There will be a R50 levy for late registrations.


  • Wednesday, Oct 18 — observing on your own
  • Thursday, Oct 19 — observing on your own
  • Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22 — Formal SSP programme
  • Sunday, Oct 22 — observing on your own
  • Monday, Oct 23 — late departures


Prof. Michael Wolfson (Canada) – Holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cambridge and retired as full professor in Population Health Modeling / Populomics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2017. Michael has expanded his early interest in telescopes and now not only builds his own instruments but observes with them as well

Dr. Pierre de Villiers – Holds a Ph.D. in physics and is the chairperson of the Hermanus Astronomy Centre and also the immediate past president of ASSA.  Pierre is a very capable amateur astronomer in his own right too

Speaker to be announced

Prof. Michelle Cluver –  Associate Director of the Inter-University Institute of Data Intensive Astronomy, at the University of the Western Cape

Speakers in the “Observing Hour” section

Dr. Deon Begemann – Holds a Ph.D. in Entomology and has retired but still acts as a consultant. After his retirement, he and his wife Ronelle moved to Stillbaai where astronomy has become one of their major activities.

Corné van Dyk – Is a Cloud Infrastructure Architect as well as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur astronomer.

Dr. Pierre de Villiers – See above

Auke Slotegraaf – Deep Sky Director of ASSA is a seasoned amateur astronomer with a broad understanding of the night sky and a past master at finding his way around the dazzling of astronomical objects with or without a telescope.

Who is Attending?

Names to be added at a later stage, but there are currently 71 very enthusiastic amateurs registered for the event!