THE WEBB SOCIETY
One of the most respected deep-sky observing organizations is the Webb Society. Founded in 1967, the society is named after the Reverend Thomas William Webb (1807-85), an eminent British amateur astronomer and author of Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, first published in 1859. The book was a landmark work for amateurs wanting to explore the universe through their own telescopes, Webb encouraged them to venture into deep space, writing that "in leaving our Sun and his attendants in the background, we are only approaching more amazing regions, and fresh scenes will open upon us of inexpressible and awful grandeur,"
In the same .spirit, the Webb Society today encourages the serious study of deep-sky objects. Its worldwide membership includes both professional and amateur astronomers. Through its various sections—Double Stars, Nebulas and Clusters, Galaxies, and the Southern Sky—the society provides a forum where amateurs can present their observations, Results of the society's work m are published in their periodicals.