Webb Deep-Sky Society Handbooks and Guides

Due to our international nature, the cost of postage and pricing in local currencies varies widely. To enquire about price, delivery or to order any of our publications please contact Webb Deep-Sky Society sales (donjmiles@googlemail.com).

An Introduction to Visual Deep-Sky Observing

Faith Jordan

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Written by an experienced Deep Sky Observer this 44pp A5 book gives an easy to understand guide on how to get into Deep Sky Observing.

5 sections covers topics such as Equipment, Star Atlases, Techniques, Observing and suggestions for observing programmes.

As the author says the golden rule of deep sky observing is to go out there and have fun!

Price is £5 (before P&P).

Astronomy Delights

Magda Streicher

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My interest in the stars goes all the way back to my childhood and I can clearly recall the fascination those twinkling, silvery lights in the dark southern skies above held for me as a youngster. I became an active amateur astronomer and have, over the years, steadily become more and more involved in advanced participation.

Searching out deep sky objects and sketching them adds a wonderful, interesting world with some exceptional and unique characteristics, and in this book I share all with a great sense of joy and delight.

Price is £26 Members / £28 Non-Members (before P&P).

Open Cluster Atlas: Volume 1

Mike Swan

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Produced by one of our Members who used to work for the Ordnance Survey. This atlas is the first of two volumes and covers the sky from RA 0 hours 00 minutes to 11 hours 59 minutes. There are charts of the whole sky, but more importantly, a detailed chart for each of the open clusters down to 16th magnitude. An excellent and probably unique atlas with a PDF sample of the content to download.

Price is £12 Members / £15 Non-Members (before P&P).

Webb Deep–Sky Society Colour Star Atlas

Mike Swan

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Produced by one of our Members who used to work for the Ordnance Survey this atlas has 44 Charts with almost 17,500 stars plotted down to magnitude 7.1. Of these 3,800 are double stars and in addition there are over 1,800 deep sky objects identified.

Price is £15 (before P&P).

The Bennett Catalogue

Jenni Kay and Magda Streicher

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Jack Bennett was a very experienced amateur astronomer in Southern Africa and this catalogues lists 152 Deep Sky objects that he compiled as an aid to comet hunting (he discovered 2 comets) Each object is listed with its type, magnitude, size and descriptions by 2 very experienced deep sky observers using telescopes between 8 and 16 inches in aperture.

Price is £8 Members / £8.50 Non-Members (before P&P).

Laminated Double Star Charts

Mike Swan

Sample of the front of Double Star Chart 3

A set of five A3 size charts covering the whole sky with selected double stars highlighted for you to chase. All of the charts are laminated to survive the dew!

Sample of the back of Double Star Chart 2

Information including magnitude, separation and position angle for each of these doubles is provided on the reverse of each chart.

Please click on either image for a larger view.

Price is £10 for the set of five charts (before P&P).

A Visual Atlas of Double Stars Volume 1

Mike Ropelewski

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These books describe some of the brighter double stars to be found. Sketches are included where the field of view is interesting and as an aid to identification. Instruments used range from 10x50 binoculars to 250mm Newtonian reflectors.

Volume 1 covers the northern constellations.

Price is £8.50 Members / £10.00 Non-Members for each volume (before P&P).

A Visual Atlas of Double Stars Volume 2

Mike Ropelewski

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These books describe some of the brighter double stars to be found. Sketches are included where the field of view is interesting and as an aid to identification. Instruments used range from 10x50 binoculars to 250mm Newtonian reflectors.

Volume 2 covers those constellations visible from the southern hemisphere.

Price is £5 Members / £6.50 Non-Members (before P&P).

Extragalactic Objects Discovered as Variable Stars

Wolfgang Steinicke

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Thousands of variable stars have been discovered over the past 300 years. The great majority are members of our galaxy. In the 20th century some fascinating objects were found, which turned out to be not stars but extragalactic systems, mostly at cosmological distances: galaxies, quasars or BL Lacertae objects.

Price is £5 Members / £6.50 Non-Members for each volume (before P&P).

A Visual Atlas of the Magellanic Clouds

Jenni Kay FRAS

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Late one night in September, after a full night’s observing in Sagittarius, I turned the 8-inch SCT towards the Small Magellanic Cloud, more out of curiosity rather than expecting to see much detail in it. To my surprise I found the SMC to be littered with numerous small hazy glows, all differing in size and brightness, but easy enough to pick out against the bright background glow of the Magellanic Cloud itself.

Price is £5 Members / £6.50 Non-Members for each volume (before P&P).

Monograph Series

Monograph No. 1 - The "Non-Existent" Star Clusters of the RNGC (1993) written by Brent A. Archinal.

Price is £2 (before P&P).