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 Construction is Nearing Completion at Bear Branch

Construction is almost complete at the Blaine Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center.  The interior walls and electrical work is finished. A few finishing touches including a door lock an procuring an occupancy permit remain.  The 14″ Celestron 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.

December 10 Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

The annual pot luck Holiday Banquet for WASI members, their families, and invited friends is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10. Come enjoy some good food and comradery with your fellow amateur astronomers. A lifetime membership award will also be bestowed at the dinner.

Please bring either a main dish, side, or salad to share with 12 persons. Don’t forget to bring an implement for serving your dish. The club will provide the soft drinks and ice as well as the plates and eating utensils.

The dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. — one half hour earlier than the usual monthly meeting time.

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