The society was founded and named in honour of the Reverend
Thomas William Webb (1806-1885), an eminent amateur astronomer whose
classic Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes has
been an inspiration to several generations of amateur astronomers.
The main purpose of the Society is to encourage amateur observations
of double stars and 'deep-sky' objects such as star-clusters and nebulae,
and to provide a forum where observers can communicate and publish the results
of their work.
Observational activities of the Society are coordinated in various
sections each under the control of a director with wide experience in the
particular field. Currently the sections are:
Nebulae and Clusters
Results of the Society's work are published quarterly in the Deep Sky Observer/
Quarterly Journal consolidated publication.
All periodicals are sent free to members.
Members are encouraged to contribute to the publications and are given guidance
on how to present the results of their work. At present members are active
in some twenty countries throughout the world.
The Society is administered by a Committee headed by the President
and Secretary Bob
Argyle and whose members include the Treasurer,
Steve Rayner along with John Isles. The current Directors of the Sections are;
Owen Brazell, Jenni Kay and Wolfgang
Steinicke. The Editor is
Owen Brazell. Other committee members are
Don Miles (Business Manager & Sales and Promotions),
is the Meetings Organiser and Tim
Walker (Website Administrator).
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
The AGM is usually held in June.
At this meeting, officers are elected and an opportunity is given to members to meet and
discuss common interests. In addition, the occasion is enlivened by the presentation
of papers of outstanding interest and by the donation of the notable
Webb Deep-Sky Society Award given annually for the best contribution to the Society's
here for a list of AGM Speakers
(1970 - 2012)
The Webb Deep-Sky Society Constitution
The Society shall be named the Webb Deep-Sky Society in honour of the Reverend Thomas
William Webb (1806-1885)
The Society motto shall be ``Caeli scrutamur plagas'' we sweep the regions of
3) Aims and Objects
The charitable aims and objects of the Society shall be: To advance education in
the science of astronomy and in particular the observation of double stars,
nebulae and star clusters and such other astronomical objects.
(a) Membership shall be open to any person resident anywhere in the world upon
payment of the appropriate membership subscription. Members shall be
entitled to receive one copy of the Deep Sky Observer (DSO) free of charge during their
first membership year. Any member more than six months in arrears shall be liable to
be struck from the membership list and may only be reinstated on payment of such
sum as may be determined by the Committee.
(b) Honorary Life. Membership. The Committee shall have the power to confer from
time to time honorary life membership on any member for services given to the
Society. Such honorary life members shall pay no further subscriptions but shall
otherwise be entitled to all the benefits of membership including election to
office and shall have full voting rights at all meetings.
5) Subscription and Finance.
The Society shall be funded from the subscriptions of its members and from the
sale of its publications all proceeds of which after meeting all expenses
properly incurred by the Committee in pursuance of its aims and objects shall be
deposited in a bank account in the name of the Society and used solely for the
purpose of pursuing its charitable aims and objects. The membership subscription
rate shall be determined by the Committee as the figure necessary in conjunction
with the income from the sale of its publications to maintain the Society and
keep it solvent. The Committee shall be empowered to determine a differential
rate of subscription for members resident in the United Kingdom and for members
resident elsewhere and also a differential rate for all bona-fide students
wherever they may reside.
6) Organisation and Administration.
The Society shall be administered by a Committee comprising -
President/Chairman, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors of Sections,
Editor of the Society journal, Meetings Secretary, Website Manager, Southern Sky
Secretary and North America Secretary'.
The Committee shall meet twice annually including the Annual General Meeting. A
valid quorum shall be any three members of the Committee. Decisions in Committee
shall be by a simple majority, A Director of a Section who holds another post on
the Committee shall have only one vote. The Chairman or acting Chairman may have
an additional casting vote in the event of a tie. The Committee shall be elected
annually at the Annual General Meeting. Nominees for election to the Committee
shall be proposed and seconded and declare their willingness to serve. Retiring
members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election.
The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting of which due notice shall be
given to all members, A valid quorum for an Annual General Meeting shall be ten
members or 20 per cent of the membership, whichever shall be the lesser. An
annual statement of account shall be prepared by the Treasurer in advance of the
Annual General Meeting for adoption each year. An Extraordinary General Meeting
shall be held upon the receipt by the Committee of written notice signed by not
less than ten members or twenty per cent of the membership, whichever is the
lesser. Such notice shall state the business to be discussed and only such
business shall be discussed at such an Extraordinary General Meeting, which
shall be held within three months of receipt of written notice by the Committee.
Due notice of such meeting will be given to all members. Only those attending at
any General Meeting shall be entitled to vote and decisions shall be by a simple
majority, with the sole exception of notions seeking to alter the constitution,
which shall be determined as set out in Clause 9 of this Constitution, The
Chairman or acting Chairman stay have an additional casting vote in the event of
8) Powers of the Committee.
The Committee shall have the power to decide any point not specifically
contained in this Constitution and take any action it may deem necessary for the
benefit of the Society provided always that such action is lawful.
9) Alterations to the Constitution.
This constitution shall not be altered except by a majority vote of two-thirds
of those attending and voting at a valid Annual General Meeting and in
particular no amendment or alteration shall be made to this Constitution which
would cause the Society to cease to be a charity at law.
The society may be dissolved by a Resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of
those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose
of which 21 days' notice shall have been given to the members, Such resolution
may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of
the Society, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all
debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid to or distributed among
the members of the Society but shall be given or transferred to such other
charitable institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of
the Society as the Society may with the approval of the Charity Commissioners or
other authority having charitable jurisdiction.
APPROVED BY THE Webb Deep-Sky Society COMMITTEE as empowered by the A.G.M. resolution of
May 20th 1983.
CHANGES TO ARTICLES 1 and 6 empowered by resolutions passed at A.G.M. Dec