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 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).



Vice President:



 Roger Cowley

Jim Fusco

Bernie Kosher

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Monday, November 06, 2017

Nominations for the 2018 WAS Officers are now being taken. Click here for more.

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Nov 17 Informal 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.
Nov 18 New Moon at 6:42 am EST in Libra.
Nov 18 Public Star Watch at Batsto. This will be the final Public Star Watch of 2017. Check back for the weather call, which is typically posted here before noon on the day of the Star Watch.
Dec 1 Formal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.
Dec 2 The annual Holiday Party, for members and their guests, will be held from 6 to 11 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.
Dec 3 Full Moon at 10:47 am EST in Taurus.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 11.01.2017

Howard Schneck captured this image of the Double Cluster in Perseus on October 18, 2017, from Acadia National Park in Maine. On the left is NGC 884 (or Chi Persei) and on the right, NGC 869 (h Persei). It was taken about 7:40 pm with a Sony NEX-5 mirrorless digital camera through a Celestron EDGE 8HD with a 0.7x focal reducer at the prime focus. The scope was on a Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount that was tracking, but not guided. It's a stack of five one-minute shots.


Click here for the previous home page image.


Note: Club President, Roger Cowley, has published a 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.

USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc