1 November 2022: A new Nebula, Cluster, Galaxy, Double Star, and Picture of the Month. Scroll down to take a look.

18 October 2022: Observation of NGC 6712, IC 1295 and PK 25-4.1 by David Davies.

26 September 2022: Double Star Section Circular (DSSC) 30 is out and available to download.

14 June 2022: Observation of NGC 5921 by Carlo Muccini.

Our Annual Meeting

Our first meeting in three years came and went on the 18 June 2022 at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.

Hopefully, we'll be back again next years, so watch this space…

Our Publications

The Webb Deep-Sky Society has a wide range of publications on offer.

You can grab a free PDF copies of Faith Jordan's 'An Introduction to Deep-Sky Observing' and Miles Paul's Atlas of Galaxy Trios from amongst our free publications.

With kind permission of Kent Wallace, we can now offer our own reprint of his titanic work Visual Observations of Planetary Nebulae. Kent sold out of his own print run some time ago, so don't wait too long.

Mike Swan's excellent Atlas of Open Star Clusters is now available as a single spiral-bound volume. This has a few additions over his earlier volumes 1 and 2, which as still available.

Owen has a new book out based on his long running Galaxy of the Month column. He's added new information and updated his older work. It also contains detailed finder charts.

Issue 189 of The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO) is now available.

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Picture of the Month: M37 and IPHASX J055226.2+323724

Open cluster M37 and IPHASX J055226.2+323724 in Auriga courtesy of Peter Goodhew and Sven Eklund
Image credit: Peter Goodhew and Sven Eklund

A remarkable find in a familiar field by those with enough persisence to image it. How often have you looked at Messier 37 and not seen this planetary nebula?

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 7469 in Pegasus

This image of NGC 7469 was provided by NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia)

A tricky split in Owen's choice for this November. Not too hard to see, but a large instrument will be needed to separate this pair of galaxies.

Nebula and Cluster of the Month: NGC 957 and IC 351 in Perseus

An image of planetary nebula IC 351 provided by Thomas Riessler
Image credit: Thomas Riessler

Patrick's in Perseus this month for an easy open cluster and a tiny planetary nebula to challenge your eyesight. Worth a look, because you shouldn't always believe what you read.

Double Stars of the Month: MAD 1, STT 21 and HJ 5437

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for the double stars MAD 1 and STT 21 in Andromeda
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Bob's stayed in Andromeda this month for a couple of tricky doubles that will need a bit of aperture. To the south in Phoenix the same is true: easy to find, but harder to split.

Object of the Season: Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major

Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major - Credit: Capella Observatory
Image credit: Capella Observatory

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of M82 in Ursa Major for his Object of the Season column in the Deep-Sky Observer.

The Deep-Sky Observer

The cover of The Deep-Sky Observer 184

Profusely illustrated, The Deep-Sky Observer is printed on art paper. Its magazine format encourages all amateurs to make a contribution to the Society's work.

Double Star Section Circulars

The contents page of Double Star Section Circular 28

Double Star Section Circulars (DSSC) feature the latest techniques and measurements from double star observers around the World. They are available as PDFs for free download.


M61 in Virgo by David Davies
M61 in Virgo by David Davies

Some observations and images provided by amateur astronomers around the globe. We're happy to receive your images, sketches and observations of the deep-sky made in pursuit of your projects.