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 51st 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

Steve Kutoroff

Paul Bender

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Sunday, April 01, 2018

Mar 31 Full Moon at 8:37 am EST in Virgo. It will be a "Blue Moon" (the second full moon in March).
Apr 6 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. Here are the Minutes from the March 16 meeting.
Apr 7 Member Star Watch at Atsion (third-quarter moon on April 8 at 3:18 am EDT).
Apr 11 Third and final session of Dan McCauley's Astrophotography Imaging Seminar from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Registration closed on March 12; see the detailed seminar description sheet.
Apr 14 Public Star Watch at Batsto. This will be our first Public Star Watch for 2018. Come on out!
Apr 15 New Moon at 9:57 pm EDT in southeastern Pisces.
Apr 20 Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.
Apr 21 NEAF, The Northeast Astronomy Forum, begins in Suffren, NY; concludes April 22.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 3.19.2018, updated 3.24.2018

This image of the 1.5-day-old, 2.5% illuminated Crescent Moon with the planets Venus and Mercury was captured by club member Howard Schneck on March 18, 2018, at 7:45 pm EDT from Atsion in Wharton State Forest, NJ, with a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 digital camera, handheld, at 14 mm focal length. It was exposed 1/5 second at f/2.8, ISO 500. Mouseover for labels.


Club member Joe Stieber also captured the Crescent Moon, Venus and Mercury on March 18, 2018, at 8:01 pm EDT from Swede Run in Moorestown, NJ, with a Canon 6D digital SLR camera on a fixed tripod and a Canon 200 mm f/2.8L lens (not cropped). It was exposed 1/10 second at f/2.8, ISO 1600, daylight white balance. Mouseover for labels.


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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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