1 December 2023: A new Nebula, Cluster, Galaxy, Double Stars and Picture of the Month. Scroll down to take a look.

5 November 2023: Observation of Messier 32 and GCs in Messier 31 by David Davies.

5 August 2023: DSSC 31 is available to download.

19 May 2023: Issue 191 of The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO) is now available for subscribers to download

Our Annual Meeting

Well I enjoyed our Annual Meeting for 2023 and I hope everyone who attended did too, thank you for coming along.

Also a big thank you to everyone that helped make it such a good event.

So the wait begins. We'll be back soon with a 2024 date for your calendars…

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 191 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: IC 2118 in Eridanus

IC 2118 Region in Eridanus - Image Courtesy of Adam Block (Adam Block /Steward Observatory/University of Arizona)
Image credit: Adam Block

A very colourful field of view for the festive season and, yes, that means more nebulosity. There's also a wide-field target for low magnification visual observation, and so much to be imaged.

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 1507 in Eridanus

This image of NGC 1507 was provided by Pan-STARRS1 Surveys
Image credit: Pan-STARRS1 Surveys

Galaxies are getting rarer as the clusters and nebulae of winter take over. Owen has moved towards the horizon for a faint edge-on galaxy to test the skills of larger scope owners.

Nebula or Cluster of the Month: NGC 2022 in Orion

An image of NGC 2022 in Orion provided by HST (ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade

NGC 2022 is accessible to relative small telescopes, but bigger is usually better. This month Patrick talks about the benefits of magnification when chasing more detail in planetary nebulae.

Double Stars of the Month: HJ 3275 and HRG 2

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for the double star HRG 2 in Mensa
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Bob has a handful of northern doubles in Taurus to suit a range of telescopes. And there's a bit of aviation history from the discoverer of his challenging southern selection.

Object of the Season: Planetary Nebula M 57 in Lyra

Planetary Nebula M 57 in Lyra - Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)
Image credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of M 57 in Lyra 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.