Membership

FAQs

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) is an exclusively non-profit organization dedicated to expand public awareness of astronomy and falak syarie in Brunei Darussalam. Founded in 2003, PABD is a great source of learning for general astronomy, Islamic astronomy, astrophotography and other topics.


Membership

PABD Membership is applied only to residents of Negara Brunei Darussalam. Membership of PABD is divided into four categories:

1. Ordinary Member (18 years old and above)
2. Student Member (Below 18 years old)
3. Corporate Member (Business or Organisation members)
4. Honorary Member (Astronomy professionals)


Registration Fees and Other Fees

Registration Fees and Annual Fees are as follows and payable to General Treasurer of PABD:

 MembershipRegistration Fees (One Time) Annual Fees (Every year)
(a)OrdinaryB$15.00B$15.00
(b)Student (below 18 years old)B$5.00B$5.00
(c)CorporateTo be determined by the Executive Committee MembersTo be determined by the Executive Committee Members
(d)HonoraryB$50.00Exempted

I am new in astronomy

If you are still a newbie in this realm, PABD will offer you a guiding hand to help you understand what the essential gear and knowledge is needed to practice this hobby. You can find a lot of valuable information by joining PABD and hear from others in our community who share your interest and passion for astronomy.


Benefits

Active Member can represent the society in the national and international activities such as meetings, conferences, astronomy trips, excursions as well as media interviews. In addition, PABD Active Members will have special benefits during society’s activities such as free entrance fees and discounted prices.

PABD has a strong network and partnerships with local government agencies and other professional astronomical agencies such as the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and The International Astronomical Center (IAC) as well as regional astronomy centers and astronomy clubs in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Our partnerships will bring you as PABD members the opportunities to participate in astronomy-related events at international level.

PABD also provides telescope loan scheme and telescope ownership assistance plan (AstroTOP) to help you to own the astronomical instrument especially for active members.

Every member will receive an official PABD membership card for identification during our activities:


Prerequisites

PABD membership comprises people of all ages and in many types of professions. One need not own a telescope to join. Our knowledge sharing via regular new moon hunting, stargazing, small group discussion, space talks and other activities by local amateur astronomers.

Some members offer all-night observation of the planets, comets nebula & deep sky objects at their personal observatories. These will help you to response your curiosities and guide you to own the best telescope and other basic needs based on your interests.

You can join the Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam. The annual fees for Active Member are BND15 per year for ordinary ,and BND5 per year for students. The membership application is considered complete once the registration and annual fees are paid in full to the Treasurer-General.

Further information about membership PABD and regulations of the association may be referred to the Constitution of Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society.


What are PABD activities?

PABD builds up your interest in astronomy through our various programmes. Upon your request, beginners can join our personal telescope training and basic stargazing including visual observation of Milkyway or even visiting our members’ observatories. More exciting activities especially for advanced members including new moon hunting, researches, astrophotography, and comet spotting, total eclipse expeditions etc. You can see our past activities on our social media (@bruneiastronomy) pages.

With strong teamwork and members’ dedication, PABD has accomplished several milestones and main achievements over the past years (https://bruneiastronomy.org/web/about-pabd/pabd-achievement/)

Upcoming activities for astronomy public outreach are updated on our website (www.bruneiastronomy.org) or social media (@bruneiastronomy). Special astronomical observation and activities exclusively for PABD member will be regularly updated on our PABD Group Forum and exclusive communication channels or via official e-mail.


Membership Duration

New members can join at any moment during the year. The membership term is from 1st of January until 31st of December. Membership is required to be renewed annually and payable as annual fee in order to maintain your active membership and enjoy PABD benefits and privileges. There are no administration charge for annual renewal of your membership.


Further information

For more info contact Secretary-General PABD (pabd@bruneiastronomy.org)
or visit our official channel:
β—½ Website www.bruneiastronomy.org
β—½ Forum www.bruneiastronomy.org/forum
β—½ Facebook www.facebook.com/bruneiastronomy
β—½ Instagram www.instagram.com/bruneiastronomy
β—½ WhatsApp Groups for Public www.bruneiastronomy.org/wa
β—½ Telegram t.me/bruneiastronomy


How many members are there?

PABD has more than 100 active members and in fact PABD community is growing annually, see here for the full list.


How do I join PABD?

You have to apply and register as a member via our online form. Once submitted, you will receive an official letter within a few days via WhatsApp or e-mail to proceed on the payment matters. You may need to contact the General-Treasurer to request for payment details. The membership application is considered complete once the registration and annual fees are paid fully. You will receive your official membership information and orientation details via e-mail and Whatsapp.


Ready to join PABD?

Register now via our online form: www.bruneiastronomy.org/daftar