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: Friday, February 15, 2019

Feb 19 Full Moon at 10:54 am EST in Leo, near Regulus.
Feb 21 The Informal Meeting will not be held this month due to unavailability of the Virtua Health and Wellness Center. The remainder of the informal meetings in 2019 will continue on the third Thursday of the month.
Mar  1 Formal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. As always, guests are welcome and no astronomical experience is necessary. Use the Main Entrance, go straight ahead and follow the sign for the conference center, or check with the security guard who will direct you.
Mar  2 Public Star Watch at Batsto. Our first Public Star Watch for 2019. Sunset is at 5:52 pm EST, astronomical twilight ends at 7:21 pm. Check back for the weather call on the day of the event.
Mar  6 New Moon at 11:04 am EST in western Pisces. It's Messier Marathon season!
Mar  9 Member Star Watch at Atsion. Sunset is at 5:59 pm EST, astronomical twilight ends at 7:29 pm. Check back for the weather call on the day of the event.
Mar  10 Daylight Time begins — at 2 am EST, clocks move forward to 3 am EDT.
Mar  12 Astrophotography Meeting, 7:00 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. There will be a presentations by Dan McCauley - Drizzling Astro Images, When and How to use It (PixInsight).


Photo Spotlight   Image posted 2.13.2019

Club member Dan McCauley captured this delicately detailed image of Messier 78 and its surrounding objects, which includes the location of McNeil's Nebula, but the latter is not currently visible (mouseover for labels). Dan used a Takahashi TOA-130 apo refractor (with an f/5.5 reducer) and a ZWO ASI183 CMOS camera, capturing two hours of luminance data back in December 2018, then on the night of February 9-10, 2019, in Belleplain State Forest, NJ, he captured two more hours of luminance and two hours of color data (40 minutes each of RGB). Here's a picture of the rig at Belleplain. However, while processing the image, he was not satisfied with the color data from Feb 9-10, so he used some older color data from the same rig (sans reducer) and a QSI-683 CCD camera. Click here for a larger version of the M78 image.



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Click to contact the . Members are encouraged to submit their astronomical images to the webmaster for inclusion on the WAS Home Page. Be sure to include a description, date and time, as well as equipment and photo data.

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