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.

June 08 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)

In response to popular demand from our members, Tom Renn and Slava Murygin are presenting a workshop program on “Nighttime Photography with a Simple Camera and Tripod” at the June meeting. A short program will cover basic techniques for taking photographs of the nighttime sky using a tripod-mounted camera. Following the meeting, Tom and Slava will lead an optional workshop in order to assist attendees in performing the steps discussed in the lecture. Attendees are invited to bring their camera (and tripod if you have one). Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are preferred but not required. Tom and Slava will try to work with whatever you bring.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Bear Branch Nature Center, 30 John Owings Road, Westminster.

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