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.

November 11 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)

Annual WASI Telescope Buyers’ Workshop (TBW) is here! Special guest Jim Chen makes a return appearance. Jim’s prepared a new briefing about GoTo telescopes to share with WASI members.  He will also demonstrate Celestron’s new Evolution 6 WiFi enabled telescope and a current model Vixen StarBook German Equatorial telescope mount.

Jim is a retired systems engineer and has previously worked for the Department of the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration. He is also the author of three books in Springer’s “Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy” series:

  1. How to Find the Apollo Landing Sites
  2. A Guide to Hubble Space Telescope Objects: Their Selection, Location, and Significance
  3. The Vixen Star Book User Guide: How to Use the Star Book TEN and the Original Star Book

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


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