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 56th 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:



Ken Weber

Al Meloni

Suzanne Leap

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Friday, March 03, 2023

Mar 3 Formal 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.
Mar 7 Full Moon at 7:40 am EST in western Leo.
Mar 9 WAS will conduct a Star Watch for the Clara Barton School in Cherry Hill, NJ. Member support will be needed! This is a private event.
Mar 17 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm.
Mar 21 New Moon at 1:23 pm EST in western Pisces. It's Messier Marathon season!
Mar 25 Public Star Watch at Atsion, beginning at 7:00 pm EST. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.

Photo Spotlight   Images posted 2.15.2023

Club member Howard Schneck captured comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) from Wharton State Forest, NJ, using a Celestron Edge HD8 telescope with a focal reducer (FL = 1473 mm) and a ZWO ASAI2600MC digital astro-camera. The scope was tracking on a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 equatorial mount. NINA, PHD2 and Stellarium were used for capture and PixiInsight for post-processing. Here's a video of the comet's movement against the background sky over a two-hour period.


Click here for the previous home page image.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 3 to 12, 2023. The USNO's The Sky This Week, February 28, 2023.


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