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.

July 13 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)

We have a wonderful evening planned with very special guest. Ray Lucas (Space Telescope Science Institute) will discuss the highlights of a very lengthy career as an instrument analyst and researcher dating back to before the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Ray will share with us many of his most memorable experiences during HST’s long and productive lifetime. Each one of us knows how much HST and its memorable images have meant to us. Come join us and listen to Ray as he recounts what HST has meant to him over the years. Please remember thank Vanessa Thomas for making arrangements for Ray to speak at our monthly meeting.

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

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