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 53rd 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

Ray Pape

Arnie Rosemoff

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Saturday, February 01, 2020

Feb 7 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.
Feb 9 Full Moon at 2:33 am EST in western Leo.
Feb 9 Launch of an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft from Wallops Island, VA, to the International Space Station is scheduled for 5:39 pm EST (sunset is at 5:28 pm EST for 40N-75W). Viewing opportunity!
Feb 17 The Winter Star Party begins in the Florida Keys, runs through February 23.
Feb 21 Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. Informal meetings return to the third Friday of the month in 2020.
Feb 23 New Moon at 10:32 am EST in Aquarius. Omega Centauri transits at 3:17 am EST.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 1.06.2020

Club member Jim Foy imaged Markarian's Chain, a string of galaxies in the constellation Virgo. This image was captured on 03 & 06-April-2019 from Steelmantown in Belleplain State Forest, NJ, with a Takahashi FSQ106N, f/5 apo refractor on an Astro-Physics AP900 German equatorial mount using a full-spectrum, Hap Griffin modified Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera. It was exposed a total of 145 minutes (29 x 5 minute subs) at ISO 1600. Autoguiding with PHD2, capture with Sequence Generator Pro and digital post-processing with PixInsight and Photoshop CC.


Click here for the previous home page image.


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.

Dark time, January 18 to February 01, 2020.

Astrospheric Forecast, Atsion

USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

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