The Webb Deep-Sky Society Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is the Society's main event of the year.

There's a short AGM for Society members followed by a full day of talks by leading amateur and professional astronomers and astrophysicists.

But arguably foremost it's a chance to meet others that share a fascination with the deep-sky (and other celestial objects), chat about our favourite topics and make new friends.

Annual Meeting 2017

This year's Annual Meeting has only just finished, but next year's is even more important. In 2017 we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Webb Deep-Sky Society. Cake is planned!

The date is Saturday the 3rd of June 2017 at our normal venue: the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. There's no need to book in advance. Member or not, you're all welcome to turn up on the day.


We have news on our programme of speakers:

  • Wolfgang Steinicke on William Herschel’s “Hole in the Sky” and the Discovery of Dark Nebulae.
  • Mark & Janet Robinson will tell us about Webb to Ranyard: one half of a correspondence.
  • Steve Gottlieb is talking about Advanced Observing with a very large Dobsonian.
  • Bernhard Hubl on Imaging the Southern Sky from Chile – objects, tips, planning.
  • Our professional keynote is to be given by Professor Carlos Frenk entitled Everything from nothing: how our universe was made.


There will be two ticket options available: one with lunch provided and one without (you're welcome to bring your own food). Coffee and tea will be available for all in the breaks as normal.

The availability of tickets with lunch included will be limited, so if you want one it's best to turn up bright and early.

Past Annual Meetings

We produce an index of the speakers at our Annual Meetings that extends back to 1970. We'd like to thank everyone that's supported us in the past.

Our Venue: the Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) is a department of the University of Cambridge that traditionally plays host to the Webb Deep-Sky Society's Annual Meeting.

There are good instructions for finding your way there by just about any means of transport on the IoA's website. They also have an excellent map of the buildings on the site.