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: Saturday, November 18, 2023

Nov 18 Public Star Watch at Batsto, beginning at 5:30 pm EST.  The weather forecast looks good, so tonight's Star Watch is a Go! This will be our final Public Star Watch for 2023.
The Leonid Meteor Shower peaked overnight, Nov 17-18, so we may see some meteors.
Nov 27 Full Moon at 4:16 am EDT in Taurus.
Dec  1 Formal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm EDT. Guests are welcome. We will be holding elections for the 2024 officers.
Dec  12 New Moon at 6:32 pm EST in eastern Ophiuchus.
Dec  15 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm EST. Guests are welcome. Note: This date may be preempted by the annual Holiday Party (members only).

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 11.01.2023

Club member Howard Schneck reports that his image of periodic comet 12P/Pons-Brooks and globular star cluster M92 was taken in Wellfleet, MA on October 19, 2023. The comet returns every 71 years and was about 3 au from Earth (25 light-minutes). Most stars in this image are 200-800 light-years away. However, M92 is much further away at 27,000 light-years. Even more remarkably, the seven very small NGC and IC objects are spiral and elliptical galaxies that are over 400 million light-years away! Equipment used was a ZWO ASI2600MC camera and Redcat 71 telescope riding a Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount guided by and ASIAIR+ using a 30 mm ZWO finder scope and ZWO ASI120MM-S camera. Integration time was 36 minutes (9 x 4 min. subs). Post-processing was done in Pixinsight with 20 Flats, 20 Darks, and 20 Dark-Flats. Image FOV is 3.6 x 2.5 degrees with a 162 degree rotation (North roughly pointing down). Click here for a larger version.


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Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 17 to 26, 2023.

USNO's The Sky This Week, November 14, 2023, The Moon Returns, and a Grand Telescope is 150!.

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)