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

30 April 2021: DSO 187 is now out and available for download.

9 April 2021: Observation of our Galaxy of the Month by Dale Holt.

5 April 2021: Observation of NGC 2419 in Lynx by David Davies.

Our Annual Meeting

Pandemic restrictions mean we're not in a position to hold our Annual Meeting 2021 in June as usual. Instead we're planning for Saturday the 23rd of October 2021, but it's too early to be sure we'll be able to go ahead, so please watch 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.

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 187 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 Arp 286 Galaxy Group in Virgo

The Arp 286 Galaxy Group in Virgo courtesy of Adam Block (image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona)
Image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona)

Such a conjunction doesn't happen often: Owen and I have the same object. With this spectacular group of interacting galaxies perhaps it was inevitable.

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 5566 in Virgo

This image of the NGC 5566 was provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

An interacting group of galaxies with something for a range of telescopes whether observing the H400 or looking for a serious challenge.

Nebula or Cluster of the Month: NGC 5634 and NGC 6058

An image of the planetary nebula NGC 6058 provided by Adam Block. Image Credit:  Larry and Judy Patterson/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF.
Image Credit: Larry and Judy Patterson/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF.

Galaxy season in full swing, but Patrick's managed to find a two more galactic objects for you to observe despite the light skies.

Double Stars of the Month: 1 Bootis and alpha Centauri

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for double star alpha Centauri in Centaurus
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

Bob revisits a complex and fascinating system for southern observers, with a tricky double star for moderate aperture in the north.

Object of the Season: NGC 6826 in Cygnus

Planetary Nebula NGC 6826 in Cygnus - Credit: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Jason Alexander (University of Washington), Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory), Yervant Terzian (Cornell University), Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy), Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy) and NASA/ESA
Image credit: HST/NASA/ESA et al

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of the planetary nebula NGC 6826 in Cygnus 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.