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 57th 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. Members in good standing have access to the gated Barnegat Road Observing Site in the dark New Jersey Pines.



Vice President:



Jim Fusco

Bob Lill

Suzanne Leap

Wade Evans



Announcements   Last Update: Saturday, May 11, 2024

May  11 Public Star Watch at Atsion. Due to an unfavorable weather forecast, tonight's Star Watch is cancelled.
May  17 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
May  23 Full Moon at 9:53 am EDT in Scorpius.
June 6 New Moon at 8:38 am EDT in Taurus.
June 7 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
June 8 Public Star Watch at Batsto, beginning at 8:00 pm EDT. No registration required. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.
June 20 Solstice at 4:51 pm EDT, the Summer Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 4.19.2024

Club member Howard Schneck used Photoshop to create this montage of images he captured during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Howard reports his location was Pittsburg, New Hampshire, where there was about a foot of snow and the temperature warmed up to 58F, but dropped to 51F during totality, which lasted 3 minutes and 28 seconds. They had clear and very transparent skies throughout the entire eclipse as a result of moving eastward from the previous day's starting point on the east coast of Lake Ontario in New York.

Equipment used was a Canon 80D DSLR camera and a Redcat71, a 71 mm, f/4.9 apo refractor (FL = 350 mm) riding a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 German equatorial mount. Eclipse Orchestrator was used to automatically collect the images. Click here, or on the picture, for a larger version (about 7 MB).


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Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 10 to 19, 2024.

The USNO's The Sky This Week, May 7, 2024, The Moon in Earthshine, and Tales of a Bear's Tail.

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.

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