Westminster Astronomical Society serves as the Astronomical Resource for Carroll County, Maryland. We have public star parties all around Carroll and the surrounding counties as well as other community service work to further educate the citizens of Carroll County about the great overhead nightly resource, our Milky Way. Astronomy is looking up!

Announcement: Observatory Construction is Nearing Completion at Bear Branch

Construction is almost complete at the Blaine Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center.  The interior electrical work still needs to be completed and an occupancy permit issued.  The 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will sit on a Celestron CGE Pro Computerized German Equatorial mounting atop a Pier Tech motorized pier.


7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Westminster’s Bear Branch Nature Center. The only exception is December when the regular meeting night is used for the annual WAS Holiday Banquet for members.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Anyone who wishes may bring a telescope and observe after the meetings.

November 12 Meeting

Once again, WASI is proud to present the annual November Telescope Buyers’ Workshop (TBW).  Again this year, we are pleased to have Mr. Gary Hand from Hands-on-Optics in Damascus leading the discussion.  Topics will include tips on the smart way to select a telescope as well as news about the latest breakthroughs in telescope technology, as well as insider gossip from one of the nation’s leading telescope dealers.

Dinner with Mr. Hand at Harry’s Main Street Grille in Westminster begins at 6:00 p.m.  Harry’s is located at 65 W Main Street, in Westminster.

While at the meeting, check out the progress in the ongoing construction of the Blaine Roelke Observatory located near the parking lot.


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