Wehr Astronomical Society, Inc.
Programs generally are geared to the beginner in astronomy, although programs are presented for all ages and levels of interest and knowledge. Instruction is kept basic and is intended to encourage enthusiasm for further study. Our aim is to give guidance and information to those who want help in the pursuit of stargazing.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We gladly accept donations which
we will use for our educational outreach programs.
The regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. They are
usually held at the
Wehr Nature Center, 9701 West College Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132, Tel : 414-425-8550.
The Wehr Nature Center Home Page provides a
on how to get there.
All regular meetings are free and open to the public.
Click here to view the regular meeting schedule on our Facebook page.
|W.A.S. Observatory |
at Froemming Park
|Northern Lights above W.A.S. Observatory |
(October 10, 1997)
(If you have true color capabilities, you can click on the Northern Lights picture to see an enlarged and full color image)
Observatory sessions are held about every other Friday throughout the year at Froemming Park (On 51st Street between Ryan Rd. and Puetz Rd.). Park in the parking lot on the west side of 51st Street and then walk west for 400 feet to the observatory.
We show you the REAL sky. Presentations will consist of a general overview of the sky and telescopic observations. The session will be cancelled if we have totally overcast skies, high winds or a wind chill below 10 degrees at the start time of the session, so check out the weather before setting out to the park. Note for the winter and spring, if there is snow on the ground or the ground around the observatory is mushy, we will set up in the parking lot. Starting times vary as to when it gets dark throughout the year.
These sessions are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Come on down and see what some of the objects in the night sky really look like through a telescope. If you have binoculars or a telescope, why not bring them along? Having problems with your telescope or are new to the hobby, we are here to help. Learn about stars, constellations and the planets. Discussions of deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae and star clusters) and the moon alternate each meeting depending when the moon is observable.
Also check out our page of dark sites near
the Milwaukee area. Want to know when we will be out to one of these
sites? Checkout our message board
to see if someone is going out observing. Generally, we go out to a dark site
around new moon, which is only once a month, on a Friday or Saturday.
To become a member of the Wehr Astronomical Society, an interest in astronomy
is all that is needed. Ownership of a telescope is NOT required.
We have provided the Membership Application
online in Adobe Acrobat format.
Just select the
link and print out the page. Fill out the form and mail it in with your check.
If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download it using the links provided.
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