1 July 2020: New Nebula and Cluster plus the usual Galaxy, Double Star, and Picture of the Month. Scroll down to take a look.

17 June 2020: A revised Double Star Section Circular No. 28 is now available

27 May 2020: Visual observation of our May GOM by Ivan Maly

22 May 2020: Images of M63 and NGC 4631 by Richard Weatherley

Our Annual Meeting

Sadly due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic we've taken the decision to cancel our meeting planned for Saturday the 13th of June 2020 in Cambridge. We plan to be back in June 2021, but it's too early to set a date yet, so watch this space...

Our Publications

The Webb Deep-Sky Society has a wide range of publications on offer.

You can grab a free PDF copy of Faith Jordan's 'An Introduction to Deep-Sky Observing' 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.

Issue 184 of The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO) is now available.

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Picture of the Month: Messier 11 in Scutum

A very wide field view of Messier 11 in the Constellation of Scutum - Image Courtesy of Bernhard Hubl
This image was provided by Bernhard Hubl

A wide field view of Scutum with open clusters and dark nebulae everywhere! There's M11 in the bottom left, but it's not the main attraction…

Galaxy of the Month: NGC 6340 in Draco

This image of NGC 6340 was provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

As dark returns to northern skies Owen challenges you to find this large but faint galaxy. Smaller and trickier alternatives abound in this field if it proves too easy.

Nebula or Cluster of the Month: Stephenson 1 and NGC 6765

Open Cluster Stephenson 1 in Lyra image courtesy of Gregg Ruppel
Stephenson 1 by Gregg Ruppel

This month we bring you a new feature. Patrick Maloney is taking a look around Lyra at a cluster for small telescopes and a more challenging planetary nebula.

Double Stars of the Month: X Oph and SEE 316

Thumbnail image of a finder chart for the double star X Oph in Ophichus
Image credit: created with Cartes du Ciel

A testing target for observers with large telescopes that will be aided by careful timing, and something for more modest aperture too. Bob is visiting Ophiuchus and Ara this month.

Object of the Season: CRL 2688 (Egg Nebula) in Cygnus

Image credit: Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger (JPL), the WFPC2 science team, and NASA/ESA
Image credit: Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger (JPL), the WFPC2 science team, and NASA/ESA

Wolfgang Steinicke would appreciate your observations of planetary nebula CRT 2688 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 techinques 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.