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: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sept 15 Public Star Watch at Batsto. The weather forecast looks promising, so tonight's Star Watch is a Go!
Sept 21 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.
Sept 22 Equinox at 9:54 pm EDT, the Autumnal Equinox for the northern hemisphere.
Sept 24 Full Moon at 10:52 pm EDT in Pisces.
Sept 27 Astrophotography Meeting, 7 to 9 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.
Oct 5 Formal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.
Oct 6 Member Star Watch at Atsion. Check back the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.
Oct 8 New Moon at 11:47 pm EDT in Virgo.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 8.09.2018

Club member Howard Schneck captured this image of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner starting at 1:00 am on August 7, 2018, from Longnook Beach in Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He used a Canon T3i digital SLR camera at the prime focus of a Celestron Edge HD8 telescope with a 0.7x focal reducer. An Orion 240 mm guide scope and a ZWO ASI120MM-S digital camera with PHD2 software controlled a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 German equatorial mount. The image is composed of ten four-minute subs at ISO 1600, processed with PixInsight using bias and dark frames.

Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is currently visible with binoculars, and as of early September, is in the constellation Auriga (see Bob King's article at S&T online). This comet will reach both perihelion (1.013 au) and perigee (0.392 au) on September 10, 2018, at an estimated magnitude 7.0, near the threshold of visibility to the unaided eye. In addition, new moon is on September 9, so it won't interfere. Finally, 21P will pass within a degree of M37 on the mornings of September 10 and 11, then it will pass directly over M35 in Gemini on the morning of September 15.



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