Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (formerly known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 50th 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).
Announcements Last Update: Thursday, August 24, 2017
|Aug 21||New Moon at 2:30 pm EDT in Leo. It's now late evening on August 21, and after waiting many years for it to happen at this new moon, the Great American Eclipse is now history. Hope everyone got to see it, the lucky ones on the narrow path of totality crossing the continental USA, plus those elsewhere in the country who had a chance to see a partial eclipse, as was the case in the Philadelphia area where it reached 75% obscuration. If any member has a photo of the eclipse, they should submit it to the for inclusion in the Photo Spotlight.|
|Sept 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 and check with the security guard who will direct you to the conference room.|
|Sept 6||Full Moon at 3:03 am EDT in Aquarius. The moon will be 1.4° from Neptune (center to center).|
|Sept 15||Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.|
|Sept 23||Public Star Watch at Batsto. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.|
Photo Spotlight Images last posted 8.24.2017
Here are some member's pictures of the August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse.
Howard Schneck captured this series of images from Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina during the partial phases at the times indicated (maximum eclipse, and the middle of 2½ minutes of totality, was about 2:43 pm EDT). He used a Celestron Edge 800 and a Sony NEX-5 digital camera. He did not take any stills during totality (although he does have video). He was busy using the brief period of totality to observe the eclipsed sun (e.g., the Diamond Ring and the Corona) and the darkened sky around it with the planets Venus, Jupiter and Mars.
Joe Stieber captured the partially-eclipsed sun at 2:25 pm EDT, 20 minutes before maximum, from Maple Shade, NJ, through a break in pesky cloud cover. Taken with a Canon 6D digital SLR camera and a Tamron SP 150 to 600 mm zoom lens (on a fixed tripod) set to 600 mm focal length, then cropped to 70% of the original. Exposed 0.6 seconds at f/11, ISO 400, with daylight white balance through an ND5 filter (neutral density 5, so it's the natural white color).
Click here for the previous home page image.
Note: Club President, Roger Cowley, has published a new book, Gauging the Solar System: Measuring Astronomical Values for Yourself. Have fun and do more than just snap pictures of the sky! Available at Amazon too.
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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