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 55th 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, including a PayPal link to pay dues (click here to make a separate donation). Members in good standing have access to the gated Barnegat Road Observing Site in the dark New Jersey Pines, while Atsion Field in the Pines is available to those with valid membership cards.



Vice President:



Al Meloni

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan


Announcements   Last Update: Friday, June 10, 2022

June 14 Full Moon at 7:52 am EDT in Ophiuchus.
June 17 Informal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. We are now meeting in-person at Virtua, but it will also be simulcast via Zoom (log-on information is posted to the WAS e-group). Guests are welcome at Virtua.
June 21 Solstice at 5:14 am EDT in Taurus. Summer starts for the Northern Hemisphere.
June 25 Public Star Watch at Atsion Field in Wharton State Forest, NJ. Starting time is 8:00 pm. Check back here for the weather call (go/no-go) on the day of the event.
June 28 New Moon at 10:52 pm EDT in Gemini.
July 1 Formal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 5.23.2022


During the WAS Public Star Watch at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, NJ, on May 21, 2022, club member Howard Schneck captured this image of supernova SN 2022hrs, about magnitude 13.5 at the time. It was discovered on April 16, 2022, in the spiral galaxy NGC 4647, which is 63 million light years away, close to M60 in the constellation Virgo. The field of view here is 47 x 32 arc minutes and the image scale is 0.72 arc seconds/pixel. The imaging camera was a modified Canon T3 DSLR at the prime focus of a Celestron Edge HD8 telescope with a focal reducer (effective focal length = 1,488 mm) riding a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro mount. Guiding was done with an Orion 60 mm guide scope (focal length = 240 mm) and a ZWO ASI120MM-S digital astro-camera. Integration time was only 42 minutes (14 x 3 min subs with 30 flats). No darks were applied but dithering was used for every sub-exposure. Capture was accomplished with NINA and PHD2, while processing was done with PixInsight. Click the image for a larger version.


Howard also took this snapshot of members setting up their scopes for the Public Star Watch during evening twilight on May 21, 2022.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 10 - 18.


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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 for the Barnegat Road Observing Site

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

Lunar X Predictions (UT)

United States Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications

Labeled "Tau Herculid" image from the APOD 01-June-2022