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

30 January 2024: Observation of IC 2574 by David Davies.

12 December 2023: Issue 192 of The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO) is now available for subscribers to download

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.

More details of the meeting will be available soon, so please keep an eye on 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 192 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 2903 in Leo

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2903 in Leo courtesy of ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho et al.
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho et al.

I did try not to cheat, but I didn't manage to get permission in time. All the same, the professional image of this galaxy is stunning, as you'd expect.

Galaxy of the Month: ACO 779 in Lynx

This image of ACO 779 was provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

Many galaxies to go at in Owen's choice for this February, but none of them are easy. Larger scopes and clear skies will most likely be necessary for his challenge.

Nebula or Cluster of the Month: Messier 44 in Cancer

An image of Messier 44 in Cancer provided by Dan Crowson
Image credit: Dan Crowson

Choices for the UK observer are limited this month. However Patrick has one more option left, and it's a big and impressive one that's accessible to almost everyone.

Double Stars of the Month: S 548 and HJ 4093

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for the double star HJ 4093 in Puppis
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Both of Bob's choices for this month are great for small apertures, but the one has harbours a much greater challenge for those with a large telescope.

Object of the Season: Reflection Nebula NGC 1788 in Orion

Reflection Nebula 17888 in Orion - Credit: ESO
Image credit: ESO

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of NGC 1788 in Orion 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.

Observations

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.