Public Star Watches for 2020
West Jersey Astronomical Society  Last updated 7.15.2021

"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 nine (9) public star watches for 2020. 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 (go/no-go) 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 or Joe Stieber. Note: To thwart spam, you'll need to manually insert the "@" and the "." (dot) symbols in the addresses!


2020 Public Star Watch Schedule

All dates are Saturdays (except September 18 at Atsion is a Friday) and Eastern Daylight Time (except November 14 is EST). The end of Astronomical Twilight is listed.

The Public Star Watches are canceled through all of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, and so far, through July 2021.


Location (held?)

Event Start Time


  Twilight Ends

March 21

Batsto Village - N

7:00 pm

7:11 pm

8:42 pm

April 18

Batsto Village - N

7:00 pm

7:39 pm

9:17 pm

May 23

Batsto Village - N

8:00 pm

8:13 pm

10:07 pm

June 20

Batsto Village - N

8:00 pm

8:29 pm

10:31 pm

July 18

Batsto Village - N

8:00 pm

8:22 pm

10:16 pm

August 15

Batsto Village - N

7:30 pm

7:53 pm

9:33 pm

September 18*

Atsion Field - N

6:30 pm

7:02 pm

8:33 pm

October 17

Batsto Village - N

6:30 pm

6:15 pm

7:44 pm

November 14

Batsto Village - N

6:00 pm

4:43 pm

6:16 pm

* There will be a weather backup date of September 19 for the Atsion event, same start time. This is the only one with a backup date.

Check the WAS home page on the day of each event for the go/no-go weather call.

Click here for a printable PDF version of the schedule.


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.