WESTPORT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY INC

Help us keep science in the community!

aka The Westport Observatory   |   Westport, CT   |  https://www.was-ct.org/

Mission

Since 1975, the Westport Astronomical Society has brought the wonders of the night sky to the thousands who have visited the observatory. We’re an all 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 covers a brand new Celestron EdgeHD purchased in 2019 on top of an Astrophysics 1200 German Equatorial mount with an Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 Essential Apochromatic ED 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″ telescopes and solar viewing with the Lunt LS100Tha double stacked solar telescope.

Ruling year info

1990

President

Shannon Calvert

Main address

Westport Observatory 182 Bayberry Ln

Westport, CT 06880 USA

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EIN

22-3034747

NTEE code info

University or Technological (B43)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Public Nights

Every Wednesday night from 8-10 pm, if it's clear, we take out our telescopes and share the views of the skies with the tens of thousands that have visited us since 1975.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Where we work

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Financials

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WESTPORT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2022
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Board chair

Shannon Calvert

Westport Astronomical Society

Term: 2018 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No