17 May 2022: Observation of M61 in Virgo by David Davies.

2 May 2022: DSO 189 is available for download

2 May 2022: We have a new Object of the Season for you to observe.

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

Our Annual Meeting

At last! We have a date for your diaries.

We have booked our usual venue, the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, for the 18 June 2022.

It looks like we can finally hold an Annual Meeting, please follow this link for details.

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.

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: Messier 102 (NGC 5866) in Draco

Image of Messier 102 (NGC 5866) courtesy of NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

I struggled to find an amateur image of this galaxy but I really wanted to feature it. So I cheated a little. However I have something ground-based to offer too.

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 4754 in Virgo

This image of NGC 4754 was provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

Something a bit brighter from Owen this month. A pair of galaxies that are visible in smaller scopes and may yield detail to more aperture.

Nebula and Cluster of the Month: IC 4593 in Hercules

An image of planetary nebula IC 4593 provided by NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

A relatively bright object for the twilit hours of a northern spring night. Patrick's choice for May is accessible to modest telescopes.

Double Stars of the Month: SHJ 191 and BU 106

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for the double star BU 106 in Libra
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Both pairs of stars are bright this month. Bob's chosen a wide double in Bootes and something more challenging in Libra.

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.