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: Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Nov 17 The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks overnight November 17-18; however, the Moon, a couple of days past third quarter, rises about 12:45 am EST on the 18th.
Nov 18 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. We are now meeting in-person at Virtua and guests are welcome. We no longer simulcast the meetings via Zoom.
Nov 19 Member Star Watch at the Barnegat Rd Observing Site. Additional potential dates are Nov 20, 25 and/or 26; the go/no-go status will be posted to the WAS e-group. These are member-only events.
Nov 23 New Moon at 5:57 pm EST in Scorpius.
Dec 2 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 10.23.2022

From Florida, club member Jim Mack captured this image of multiple well-known objects in the constellation of Orion. Mouseover for labels. Taken with a William Optics 66 mm apo refractor and a ZWO ASI2600MC-P digital astro-camera. The total exposure was 100 minutes (20 x 300 second subs). Guiding provided by an Astro-Tech 111 mm refractor and an ASI290 camera, system control accomplished with ASI Air Pro. Processing with Astro Pixel Processor, Star Tools and Photoshop. In late October, Orion has risen above the horizon by midnight, and will do so about two hours earlier every month.


Click here for the previous home page image.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, Nov 4 to 12, 2022. The USNO's The Sky This Week, Nov 8, 2022.


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 (updated Sept 7, 2022)

Lunar X Predictions (UT)

United States Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications

Minima of Algol