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.

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

Timothy Phelan (HCAS) is guest lecturer at the next regular monthly meeting. A member of the Howard County Astronomical Society, Timothy will discuss the topic of astrophotography and share some of his work with us.

By popular consensus of club members astrophotography was expressed as a subject of interest for the 2016 lecture series. This is the second astrophotography related program this year. The first was Tom Renn and Slava’s presentation on basic astrophotography using a tripod at the March meeting.

Regular monthly meetings are held in the auditorium at Bear Branch Nature Center, 30 John Owings Road, Westminster.

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