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 52nd 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:



 Steve Kutoroff

Ray Pape

Arnie Rosemoff

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Friday, July 19, 2019

July 27 Annual Club Picnic, for members and their guests only, will be held at Camp Ockanickon in Medford, NJ. Members should have received a sign-up request from the club treasurer. The Member Star Watch originally scheduled for Atsion this night will conclude the picnic at Ockanickon.
July 31 New Moon at 23:12 pm EDT in Cancer.
Aug 2 Formal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. Use the Main Entrance, go straight ahead and follow the sign to the conference center, or check with the security guard who will direct you.
Aug 3 Public Star Watch at Batsto. Check back the day of the event for the go/mo-go weather call.
Aug 15 Full Moon at 8:29 am EDT in eastern Capricornus.
Aug 15 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. As always, guests are welcome and no astronomical experience is necessary. Informal meetings in 2019 will continue to be on the third Thursday of the month.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 7.07.2019

Club member Howard Schneck captured this image of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula from Atsion Field in Wharton State Forest, NJ, on June 3, 2019. The Elephant's Trunk Nebula is a dense region of dust and gas found within the considerably larger star forming region IC 1396 in the constellation Cepheus and is 2,400 light-years from Earth. The imaging camera was a modified Canon T3 at the prime focus of a Celestron Edge HD8 telescope with a 0.7X focal reducer. The mount was a Skywatcher NEQ6 and guiding was done with an Orion 60 mm guide scope using a ZWO ASI120MM-S camera. Integration time was 2.4 hours (47 x 3 min subs). Post-processing was done with Pixinsight. Click here for the full-size version.


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