Annual Meeting 2018

It came and went all too soon on Saturday the 2nd of June 2018 at our normal venue: the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.

Members can expect the usual meeting report in a future issue of the DSO, but we'd like to thank everyone who came along.


We hope you all enjoyed the talks and on behalf of the Webb Deep-Sky Society I would like to thank them all.

Professor Omar Nasim spoke on Drawing the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century: Points of Entry in to the Wider Cosmos. He provided food for thought about our own observing notes and a long tradition of drawing as a tool for understanding in astronomy.

We heard Yann Pothier to talk about Esoteric Targets for Deep-Sky Observers: a personal take on the meaning of "esoteric" and some interesting objects to pursue, some so faint that averted vision was advised for the drawings! Yann's made his presentation available for download as a PDF.

Sara Wager visited from Spain to told us about a Dual Imaging Rig Setup. She concluded that it's best not to do it! It's not often you hear that advice from a speaker, but it seems it'd be easier to use two separate mounts, on the other hand sometimes you just have to try something out.

Mark Stuart provided some Highlights From Ten Years of Visual Deep-Sky Galaxy Observations. It was clear that Mark is a true enthusiast with an aperture problem. Each choice held a memory for him all carefully explained in his conversational style.

Our professional keynote talk was be given by Professor Janet Drew on Massive Stars across the Milky Way Disc from Optical Surveys. An exuberant story of long-term galatic surveys, huge runaway stars, and open cluster formation.

Yann Pothier has made his presentation available for download as a PDF by clicking the link below.

Trade Stands

Thank you to our stall holders for turning up with their wares.