West Jersey Astronomical Society  www.wasociety.us

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (additionally known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 54th 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:



Al Meloni

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan


Announcements   Last Update: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Apr 16 Informal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:00 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group). Physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remain suspended indefinitely (at least through the end of April 2021) due to COVID-19 restrictions at the venue. We will have a guest speaker at the meeting, Ms. Mimi Fuchs will discuss Submillimeter Astronomy, Black Holes and the Event Horizon telescope. Click here for more info and how non-members can get a Zoom invitation.
Apr 26 Full Moon at 11:32 pm EDT in western Libra, just east of the border with Virgo.
May 7 Formal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group).
May 11 New Moon at 3:00 pm EDT in eastern Aries.
Note: The status of 2021 Public Star Watches at Batsto and Member Star Watches at Atsion is still indeterminate due to COVID-19 restrictions in the New Jersey State Forests.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 3.16.2021

Club member Howard Schneck captured this image of the Monkey Head Nebula (NGC 2174 in the constellation Orion) from suburban Mount Laurel, NJ, on the nights of March 2, 8 & 9, 2021. North is down and east is to the right in a field of view 48 arc minutes wide x 33 arc minutes high (roughly 0.8 x 0.5). It was captured with a modified Canon T3 digital SLR camera with an Astronomic clip filter for light pollution control at the prime focus of a Celestron Edge HD8 telescope plus a focal reducer, providing a net focal  length of 1488 mm. Tracking was provided by a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro German equatorial mount guided by an Orion 60 mm, f/4 guidescope with a ZWO ASI120MM-S camera. Integration time was 4.35 hours (78 x 120 seconds + 35 x 180 seconds, 30 flats). Capture was accomplished with NINA, PHD2 and Stellarium, processing with PixInsight.



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Astrospheric Forecast, Atsion

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(this link may be inoperative as the USNO website is undergoing modernization; estimated completion is now Fall 2020)

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