West Jersey Astronomical Society  Last updated 6.10.2020

Regular Club Meeting Site

NE Philadelphia Airport Clear Sky Chart:

Our regular meeting site is the Virtua Health and Wellness Center at 401 Young Avenue, Moorestown, NJ, 08057. It's adjacent to the Centerton Square Shopping Center in Mt. Laurel, NJ (Wegmans, Target, Costco, etc.), and near the interchange of Interstate 295 with NJ Route 38. Click the "Show Map" button at the Virtua link for directions. Go to the Main Entrance, then straight ahead to the Conference Center, or check with the security guard at the front desk.


The directions to the observing sites in the NJ Pinelands, particularly those in State Forests (i.e., Atsion and Batsto) are presented for sanctioned events. Nighttime accessibility under current NJ DEP regulations is disallowed, except for official Public Star Watches at Atsion and Batsto, and WAS Member Star Watches at Atsion. Do do not interpret these directions as permission to use any of the sites at will.



Batsto Village - NJ (see the accessibility note above)


Batsto Clear Sky Chart:

From the west, take Rt 30 (the White Horse Pike) east to Hammonton, NJ. About 1.4 miles past the intersection of Rt 206, just before Hammonton Lake, turn left onto Rt 542 (542 is variously known as Pleasant Mills Road, Nesco Rd and Batsto Rd).

Alternatively, take the Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 28 for Hammonton. At the exit, make a left onto Rt 54 north and go 2 miles to "downtown" Hammonton where you turn right onto Rt 542 (Central Ave) towards Batsto. Go about 1.7 miles to Rt 30, then make a right at the traffic light. Go 150 yards and make a left onto 542.

From Rt 30, continue east on 542 for about 7 miles to Batsto Village which is on your left after a sweeping curve. The entrance road is marked with signs and flagpoles. After turning left onto the entrance road, proceed about 1/4 mile, then turn left towards the Visitor Center. Our star watches are conducted on the large field on your left before reaching the Visitor Center. If you don't have a scope, park in the paved lot in front of the Visitor Center. Here's a  satellite view of the observing site.

Click the Batsto Village link above for the Wharton State Forest web site; it has a link for Mapquest directions.

The GPS coordinates for Batsto are:  39 deg 38 min 37 sec North,  74 deg 38 min 45 sec West.



Atsion Field (see the accessibility note at the top of the page)

Carranza Field Clear Sky Chart:

Atsion Field is in Wharton State Forest and is on the east side of Rt 206 about 10 miles south of the Red Lion Circle (the junction of Rts 206 & 70) or 8 miles north of Rt 30 (the White Horse Pike) in Hammonton, NJ. To access the field, enter from Rt 206 through an opening in the guard rail about 150 yd north of Atsion/Quaker Bridge Rd. Here's a satellite view of the field. The address of the Ranger Station in front of the field is 744 Route 206, Shamong, NJ, 08088.

As in the Batsto directions, one could take the Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 28 for Hammonton, but after exiting and turning left onto 54, continue north through downtown Hammonton past Rt 542 until you reach Rt 30 (about 3.2 miles from the exit). After crossing Rt 30, Rt 54 becomes Rt 206, then it's 8 miles to Atsion.

The GPS coordinates for Atsion Field are:  39 deg 44 min 32 sec North,  74 deg 43 min 28 sec West



Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania

CSSP Clear Sky Chart: 

Here are Jim Mack's directions and maps for CSSP as presented at the August 5, 2011, WAS meeting. Here's the Black Forest Star Party directions page (which includes GPS coordinates) and here's the BFSP map of the field at CSSP. Check with the Pennsylvania DCNR for accessibility and costs associated with using CSSP.