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!

Observatory Project at Bear Branch

The observatory is now in operational.  The ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, August 22, 2915. The observatory is equipped with a Celestron 14-inch SCT telescope and a computerized German Equatorial mounting on a 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.

October 14 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)

In recent months two public observatories have been dedicated in Carroll County: The Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center near Westminster, and the Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center Observatory, located in Manchester. We’ll show some slides and a couple of short videos from those dedications.

Also, anyone with photos from the September total lunar eclipse is invited to bring them along to share. (Preferred format is memory stick thumb drive or CD/DVD disk.)


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