Star Watches for 2018
West Jersey Astronomical Society  Last updated 11.04.2018

"Star Watch" is a term amateur astronomers use for an evening get-together where we talk, look through telescopes, find new objects and enjoy each others company. Our public Star Watches are an opportunity for you to:

Our club has scheduled eight (8) public star watches for 2018. They will be in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest, at Batsto Village, where our telescopes will be set up on the field beside the visitors' center, or on Atsion Field (directions linked below for both locations). Attendees at Batsto should park in the paved parking lot at the front of the visitor's center.. These events are weather-permitting, so always check the WAS home page for the weather status before heading out. This information will usually be posted by noon on the day of the event.

Etiquette and safety - following a few simple rules will maintain an adequate level of safety and improve the general experience:

For more information, contact Bernie Hosko or Joe Stieber. Note: To thwart spam, you'll need to manually insert the "@" and the "." (dot) symbols in the addresses!


2018 Public Star Watch Schedule

All dates are Saturdays during Eastern Daylight Time. The end of Astronomical Twilight is listed.


Location (held?)

Event Start Time


  Twilight Ends

April 14

Batsto Village - Y

7:30 pm

7:36 pm

9:12 pm

May 12

Batsto Village - N

8:00 pm

8:03 pm

9:52 pm

June 9

Batsto Village - N

8:00 pm

8:25 pm

10:26 pm

July 14

Batsto Village - Y

8:00 pm

8:08 pm

10:22 pm

August 4

Batsto Village - Y

7:00 pm

8:08 pm

9:54 pm

September 15

Batsto Village - Y

7:00 pm

7:07 pm

8:38 pm

October 12*

Atsion - Y on 12

6:00 pm

6:24 pm

7:54 pm

November 3

Batsto Village - Y

6:00 pm

5:55 pm

7:26 pm

*There will be an October 13 weather backup date for the Atsion Star Watch. As with all of these Star Watches, check the WAS home page on the day of the event for the weather call.


GPS Coordinates

Latitude (north)

Longitude (west)

Batsto Village

39 deg 38 min 37 sec

74 deg 38 min 45 sec

Atsion Field

39 deg 44 min 32 sec 74 deg 43 min 28 sec

Finally, don't forget to check the web sites of other astronomy clubs in the Delaware Valley area, they frequently schedule as many or more star watches as we do and some may be much closer to you. You can find their web sites at Links. We'll also be holding less-formal Member Star Watches at Atsion throughout the year.