17 Oct 2021: We have a new Object of the Season for you to observe.

15 Oct 2021: Observation of NGC 7538 by David Davies.

1 October 2021: A new Nebula, Cluster, Galaxy, Double Star, and Picture of the Month. Scroll down to take a look.

21 July 2021: DSSC 29 is out and available for download.

Our Annual Meeting

Due to issues with the venue and getting speakers we have had to cancel this years AGM in October.

We were not able to get a speaker in time felt that a Zoom business meeting would not attract too many participants. The whole committee has agreed to stand again for the next year and the accounts and reports will be published in DSO 189.

If this raises any issues can you report them to the president or secretary and we can look at how these maybe be ameliorated.

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.

Volume 2 of Mike Swan's excellent Atlas of Open Star Clusters is now available alongside Volume 1. This completes the coverage of the sky started in Volume 1.

We also have a very limited number of Willmann-Bell books to offer. Why not buy whilst they're still available?

Issue 188 of The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO) is now available.

Why not join us?

You can now join the Webb Deep-Sky Society online using PayPal. Options include Paper and PDF versions of the Deep-Sky Observer journal, or PDF alone for a reduced price.

Perhaps you'd like to join our groups.io mailing group? Access is limited to members, but you're all welcome.

Picture of the Month: NGC 474 and NGC 470 in Pisces

The shell galaxy NGC 474 and companion NGC470 in Pisces courtesy of DES/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Image credit: DES/DOE/Fermilab/NCSA & CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

I have a confession to make this month, but I also have a fantastic image of interacting galaxies. A fabulous imaging target that can be visually observed as well.

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 877 in Aries

This image of NGC 877 was provided by the Pan-STARRS1 Surveys
Image credit: Pan-STARRS1 Surveys

A galaxy group that fits in a high magnification field of view from Owen. Clear signs of interaction, but the challenge for visual observers is to seek them out.

Nebula and Cluster of the Month: Three Clusters and a Planetary

A VLT image of NGC 246 provided by ESO.
Image Credit: ESO

Patrick has a trio of open clusters in Cassiopeia with a story to tell, and a spooky planetary nebula south of the celestial equator this October.

Double Stars of the Month: STF 3053 and STF 3008

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for STF 3053 in Cassiopeia
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Bob has two pairs of double stars that are easily seen and split in small aperture telescopes for us this month. One's a binary, and the other an optical pair.

Object of the Season: NGC 1514 in Taurus

Planetary Nebula NGC 1514 in Taurus - Credit: Göran Nilsson and The Liverpool Telescope
Image credit: Göran Nilsson and The Liverpool Telescope

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of the planetary nebula NGC 1514 in Taurus 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.


Abell 84 in Cassiopeia by Mike O'Brien
Abell 84 in Cassiopeia by Mike O'Brien

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.