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Meetings are held from 7:30−9:30 PM on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at the Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Anyone who wishes may bring a telescope and observe after the meetings.

About


The Westminster Astronomical Society was founded in 1984 in Westminster, Maryland. The first meeting consisted of just 5 individuals at the Westminster Public Library. Since then, we have grown to 85+ members.

When Carroll County opened the Bear Branch Nature Center, WASI pitched in to help build the Bear Branch Planetarium. Today, we continue to operate and provide shows for the Nature Center as well as many other star parties around the community.

In 2003, Westminster Astronomical Society incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Continue reading “About”

Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory


The Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory (BFRMO) is home to our primary instrument, a Celestron 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope previously owned by Mr. Roelke. The telescope is mounted on a Celestron CGE Pro computerized German-Equatorial mounting, which in turn is mounted atop a Pier Tech model II motorized pier.

From left, Tony DeLuca of A.J. DeLuca Contractors, Park Operations Coordinator Dawn Harry, and Frank Roelke are pictured inside the Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster Thursday, August 20, 2015. Credit: Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times

The building features a 3-meter diameter Ash dome. Siding and painting were provided by Carroll County Parks and Recreation.

The observatory is equipped with AC electrical service as well as white and red lighting. An exterior concrete pad is available for telescopes set up by visitors. Electrical service for these is provided by exterior outlets on the observatory.

Frank Roelke, Tony DeLuca of A.J. DeLuca Contractors, and Park Operations Coordinator Dawn Harry, look at old pictures of the original observatory outside the Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster Thursday, August 20, 2015. Credit: Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times

Current Observing Conditions at BFRMO

Star*Points


Events


May 2017

Date/Time Event
Saturday, May 13
8:00 pm−10:00 pm
Soldiers Delight Star Gazing
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
Wednesday, May 24−Sunday, May 28
All Day
York County Star Party 2017
Shreveport North Airport

Jun 2017

Date/Time Event
Saturday, Jun 10
7:00 pm−10:30 pm
Planetarium show and star party
Bear Branch Nature Center
Saturday, Jun 10
8:00 pm−10:00 pm
Soldiers Delight Star Gazing
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
Wednesday, Jun 14
7:30 pm−9:30 pm
Club Meeting
Bear Branch Nature Center
Saturday, Jun 24
All Day
Great American Camp Out
To Be Announced

Jul 2017

Date/Time Event
Friday, Jul 7−Sunday, Jul 9
All Day
Shore Leave Sci-Fi Convention
Hunt Valley Inn
Saturday, Jul 8
7:00 pm−10:30 pm
Planetarium show and star party
Bear Branch Nature Center
Saturday, Jul 8
8:00 pm−10:00 pm
Soldiers Delight Star Gazing
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
Monday, Jul 10−Saturday, Jul 15
All Day
Winfield VFD Carnival
Winfield Volunteer Fire Department
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