Meetings, Observing Sessions and much more!

The Society has Members all over the Highlands, and even some further afield. We have an Observatory sited at Culloden Battlefield. The Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory houses a computerised Meade LX200R 14 inch Telescope, which gives outstanding views of Galaxies, Nebulae, Stars, Planets and Comets when the opportunity exists.



The Scottish Government has overruled an earlier rejection by the Highland Council for Planning Permission to build houses within 400 metres of Culloden Battlefied. This is very bad news for the Observatory as it means more light pollution. There is still a chance to stop these Housing Plans and preserve the dark skies around our Observatory. Please sign the online Petition by following the link below. Thank you!

Click here for online petition

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.

Click here to find out about our next Meeting

New Supernova Observed by HAS Members!

Click here to read about observations of Supernova 2014J in nearby galaxy M82.


Observe Mars!

Mars is coming to opposition on 8th April. We have a Guide to Observing the Red Planet, written by Pauline Macrae in 2007. It's contents are still valid in the run up to 2014's appearance. You can see it here.




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.

NEW! Live Deep Space Camera

Click here to watch.


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 – March 2014. 
This month Pat Williams gives a brief description of and links to:

  • Cosmologists Report First Direct Evidence for Cosmic Inflation
  • Standard-candle Supernovae are still Standard but Why?
  • Exploding Stars Prove Newton's Law of Gravity Unchanged Over Cosmic Time
  • Galaxies in the Early Universe Mature Beyond Their Years
  • Study Finds That Astronauts' Hearts Become More Spherical in Space
  • Lonely Planet, First of Its Kind
  • Links to Other Space News Published in March 2014

March 2014's edition and all previous editions can be accessed   HERE!




JSL OBSERVATORYNext Observing Session
To Be Announced.
The evening observing sessions have ended and will resume in September.
Our solar observing sessions will take place over the summer months and the observing dates and times will be posted on this website in due course.