15 May 2024: Issue 193 of The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO) is now available for subscribers to download

1 May 2024: A new Galaxy, Double Stars, Cluster and Picture of the Month. Scroll down to take a look.

1 May 2024: Observation of NGC 4365 by Mark Stuart.

5 August 2023: DSSC 31 is available to download.

Our Annual Meeting

We finally have a date confirmed for our Annual Meeting for 2024. It will take place on Saturday the 15th of June 2024 at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.

We have some more details about the meeting for you, including our speakers, vendors and price of entry (no need to book).

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 193 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: The Coronet Cluster in Corona Australis

An image of Coronet Cluster in Corona Australis courtesy of ESO
Image credit: ESO

More professional images, again? My excuse is that I wanted to talk about something that amateurs can't do, yet. And, anyway, this is a spectacular region of the southern sky.

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 4365 in Virgo

This image of NGC 4365 was provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

With Galaxy season all but over Owen has had some help finding something of interest. This is a challenge for those with larger telescopes, but there are several targets to chase.

Nebula or Cluster of the Month: Messier 5 in Serpens Caput

Globular cluster Messier 5 in Serpens Caput provided by ESA/Hubble & NASA
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Patrick takes a close look at a bright globular cluster that will be familiar to many. But M5 is no less worthy of attention for that, it's fabulous in all sizes of telescope.

Double Stars of the Month: STF 1834 and HJ 4774

Tiny finder chart for the double star HJ 4774 in Libra
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Bob has a difficult but well observed binary for you to have a go at in Bootes. He's also provided an easier option nearby, and his southern selection is also an easier split in Libra.

Object of the Season: Emission Nebula NGC 1499 in Perseus

Emission Nebula NGC 1499 in Perseus - Credit: Aroughroad via Wikimedia Commons
Image credit: Aroughroad, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of NGC 1499 in Perseus for his Object of the Season column in the Deep-Sky Observer.

The Deep-Sky Observer

The cover of The Deep-Sky Observer 192

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.