West Jersey Astronomical Society  www.wasociety.us

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (additionally known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 54th 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

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan


Announcements   Last Update: Monday, February 22, 2021

Feb 27

Full Moon at 3:17 am EST in Leo, in the midst of the galaxy trio of M95, 96 & 105.

Mar 5 Formal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group). Physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remain suspended indefinitely (at least through the end of April 2021) due to COVID-19 restrictions at the venue.
Mar 13 New Moon at 5:21 am EST in eastern Aquarius.
Mar 14 Daylight Savings Time begins; at 2:00 am EST, clocks move forward to 3:00 am EDT.
Mar 19 Informal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group).
Note: The status of 2021 Public Star Watches at Batsto and Member Star Watches at Atsion is still indeterminate due to COVID-19 restrictions in the New Jersey State Forests.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 2.08.2021

Club member Joe Stieber captured this wide-field view including the Great Globular Cluster, Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) on February 13, 2018, from East Point, NJ, looking south over the the Delaware Bay. This single frame was taken at 4:11 am EST with a Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera and a Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 Art lens on a fixed tripod. It was exposed 15 seconds at f/4, ISO 6400. Mouseover for labels. With new moon on February 11, 2021, the second and third weeks of February will be prime time for early morning spotting of ω Cen if the weather permits, especially with regard to transparency along the sea horizon since it transits at only about 3 altitude from East Point. See the image below for a closer view.


Here's a closer view of Omega Centauri taken the same morning at 3:57 am EST with a Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera and a Canon 200 mm f/2.8L telephoto lens on a fixed tripod. It's a single frame exposed 4 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 6400. 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.

Astrospheric Forecast, Atsion

USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc
(this link may be inoperative as the USNO website is undergoing modernization; estimated completion is now Fall 2020)

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

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