Annual Meeting 2020

The date is set for Saturday the 13th of June 2020 at our normal venue: the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. There's no need to book in advance. Member or not, you're all welcome to turn up on the day. The doors will open at 9:30am (BST) with tea and coffee available.


The Society AGM is open to members only and is scheduled for 10:15–10:45. Guests are welcome to enjoy their coffee in peace before joining us for the most important part of the day.

And on that topic, we have a complete line-up of speakers for you. Timings provisional and subject to change.

10:45-11:30 Jon Gale is Observing the Herschel 400.
11:30–12:15 Mike Swan will give us Uranography - a personal journey, from pen and ink to computer graphics.
12:15–13:45 Lunch
13:45–14:15 Owen Brazell will tell us about Observing Planetary Nebulae away from the NGC/IC..
14:15–15:00 Rob Peeling on Admiral William Henry Smyth. His astronomical work and his wider impact on British intellectual life in the 19th Century.
15:00–15:45 Peter Goodhew will inform us of The challenges of observing planetary nebulae: past, present, and future.
15:45–16:30 Break for tea and coffee
16:30–17:30 Our professional keynote talk will be given by Lord Rees of Ludlow (The Astronomer Royal) on Expanding cosmic horizons.

It's planned to include lunch time tours of the historic telescopes at Cambridge.


Ticket Members Non-Members
Without Lunch £7 £12
With Lunch £14 £18

We can cater for those with special dietary needs (e.g. coeliacs etc), but would need advanced notice to make arrangements. Please contact Steve Rayner with your requirements.

For everyone else only 70 tickets with lunch included will be available, so if you want one it's best to turn up bright and early.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available for everyone at registration and the breaks.

Trade Stands

The confirmed vendors include:

And of course the Webb Deep-Sky Society will have our usual stand.

Our Venue: the Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) is a department of the University of Cambridge that traditionally plays host to the Webb Deep-Sky Society's Annual Meeting.

There are good instructions for finding your way there by just about any means of transport on the IoA's website. They also have an excellent map of the buildings on the site.