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NAME

Westport Astronomical Society

ADDRESS

182 Bayberry Lane
Westport
Connecticut 06880-2802 USA

CONTACT

Shannon Calvert

EMAIL

observatory@was-ct.org

URL

http://was-ct.org

NUMBER OF MEMBERS

130

CLUB DESCRIPTION

Since 1975, the Westport Astronomical Society has brought the wonders of the night sky to the thousands who have visited the observatory. We’re a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that’s free and open to the public every Wednesday night from 8-10 pm if the skies are clear.

The Dome Observatory features a new 14" Celestron EdgeHD telescope on an Astro-Physics 1200 German equatorial mount with an Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 apochromatic triplet refractor piggybacked on top. The lawn regularly hosts the HUGE 25" Obsession telescope, one of the largest in Connecticut. You can also occasionally find us doing sidewalk astronomy in the community with various 8-10" Dobsonian telescopes and our Lunt LS100Tha double stacked solar telescope.

WAS hosts free monthly meetings with expert speakers from the Hayden Planetarium, The American Museum of Natural History, Yale, NYU, UConn, MIT, Wesleyan, Columbia as well as educators from all over the globe who enrich our community with cutting-edge discussions on cosmology, physics, and astronomy. Additionally, we offer private member events scheduled throughout the year, and have an active group of astrophotographers that are out shooting on most clear, moonless nights.