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.



Vice President:



Ken Weber

Al Meloni

Suzanne Leap

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Sept 14 New Moon at 9:40 pm EDT in eastern Leo.
Sept 15 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
Sept 16 Public Star Watch at Batsto, beginning at 6:30 pm EDT. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.
Sept 29 Full Moon at 5:57 am EDT in Pisces.
Oct 6 Formal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 8.22.2023

Club member Howard Schneck produced this image of the famous pair of side-by-side emission nebulae, the North America Nebula (NGC 7000, left) and the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070/5067, right), both in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan. Howard captured them on the night of August 19, 2023, from the WAS's Barnegat Road Observing site in the dark New Jersey Pines. He used a ZWO ASI2600MC digital camera at the prime focus of a William Optics Redcat 71 apochromatic refracting telescope (71 mm, f/4.9 objective, 350 mm focal length), tracking on a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 German equatorial mount with a 32 mm guide scope. Integration time was nominally one hour (61 x 1 minute subs). Image scale is 2.2 arc seconds per pixel. Click the picture for a larger version.


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See Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) while you can! Bob King article, S&T, August 23, 2023.

Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 1 to 10, 2023.

USNO's The Sky This Week, September 5, 2023, Follow that Swan!

Get the monthly Evening Sky Map.


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

United States Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications

Minima of Algol

Lunar X Predictions (UT)