Meetings, Observing Sessions and much more...

Highlands Astronomical Society is where amateur astonomers and others with an interest in astronomy share their interest in the stars and planets, and all else related. There is something for everyone, from talks to Observation Sessions, suitable from absolute beginners to the more advanced observer. Most of our activities take place in and around Culloden, where we meet every month and where we have our own Observatory.

Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of each month at Smithton Culloden Free Church (second Tuesday January) from 19:15 (for 19:30) - 22:00. All welcome. Your first visit is free. The Youngstars, for ages 8-14, meet at the same Venue, prior to the main Meeting, from 19:00 - 19.30.    Our next Meeting


Moray's Astronomy Club - SIGMA

We have a reciprocal agreement with Moray's Astronomy Club which allows Members to attend each others' Club Meetings without charge.    SIGMA 

Observation Sessions

There are Public Evening Viewing Sessions on two Fridays each month throughout the Winter and there are also Solar Saturdays from April to early September. Please be sure to visit the Observatory Page before joining us - it will help you to get the most out of your Observatory Visit!

See column to the right for information about our next Observing Sessions. Click here for more information.

Missed a Meeting?

If you missed the last Meeting then you can find out what you have missed by reading Stargazey Pie, our monthly Newsletter. Click here to read the latest copy or to view any back issues.

Gallery Update.  Click the thumbnail to left to see the latest addition to our Gallery pages: This is Eric Walker's  Pleiades image, taken in December 2011.  More additions to the Gallery are also available for your viewing!

Reviews.  Fancy a "small" scope that thinks it's bigger than it is? Want it with a posh dual-speed Crayford focuser and a triplet ED lens assembly? Ok? Want it with a carbon-fibre tube? Well, alright then: here's the TS TLAPO906T ED Triplet refractor. Read the Review of it by Antony McEwan

Space News Update – January 2016. 

This month Pat Williams gives a brief description of and links to:

  • Pluto’s widespread water ice.
  • Einstein put to the test.
  • Data Rates Demand New Technology.
  • Launch. Land. Repeat.
  • New details on Ceres seen in Dawn images.
  • How mould on space station flowers helps microgravity gardening.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in January 2016.

Current edition and all previous editions can be accessed    HERE


JSL Observatory Next Session

Public & Members Observing

Friday 12th February

2000 - 2200