West Jersey Astronomical Society  www.wasociety.us

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (formerly known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 52nd year of serving both the public and the amateur astronomers of the Delaware Valley. We have a long history of public education, star parties, interesting meetings, in-depth training and experienced leadership. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Click here for membership information (dues can now be paid through PayPal).



Vice President:



 Steve Kutoroff

Ray Pape

Arnie Rosemoff

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Monday, December 02, 2019

Dec 6 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. As always, guests are welcome and no astronomical experience is necessary. Final nominations will be accepted and Elections for the 2020 officers will be held.
Dec 12 Full Moon at 5:12 am EST, inside the horns of Taurus.
Dec 14 Holiday Party, for members and their guests, starts 6 pm at our regular meeting site in the Virtua Health and Wellness Center.
Dec 19 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. This will be the last Informal Meeting to be held on the third Thursday of the month. Starting in January 2020, informal meetings will return to the third Friday of the month.
Dec 21 Solstice at 11:19 pm EST; the Sun reaches its most southerly declination and Winter begins for the Northern Hemisphere.
Dec 26 New Moon at 12:13 am EST in Sagittarius. There will be an annular eclipse of the sun, but it will be visible primarily from Asia, not North America.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 12.02.2019

Club member Dan McCauley imaged the Iris Nebula in the constellation Cepheus. It's a diffuse nebula cataloged as LBN 487, which envelops the open cluster NGC 7023. This image was captured in June 2019 using a Takahashi TOA-130 apo refractor with an f/5.3 reducer and an ASI1600 monochrome digital astro-camera with Astrodon filters. It was exposed Lum = 90 x 2 min, Red = 15 x 2 min, Green = 15 x 2 min and Blue = 30 x 2 min, for a total of 300 minutes (5.0 hours) of exposure. Processed in PixInsight and mostly Photoshop.


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