Transit of Mercury - Monday 9th May 2016


The observatory will be open on 9th May to observe the transit of Mercury across the disk of the Sun. We will have a number of specialist solar telescopes set up so that visitors and members can safely observe the transit.NASA/JPL

This is a long transit so you are welcome to stay for the whole event, or pop in for a quick look whenever you can. More information about the transit can be found on the ESA Bepi-Colombo website. The image on the right (credit: NASA) shows the 2006 transit of Mercury as seen by the Hinode X-Ray telescope.

Please note that you should NEVER point a normal telescope or binoculars at the Sun - irreversible eye damage can be caused by even the briefest look!

Meetings, Observing Sessions and more...

Highlands Astronomical Society is where amateur astonomers and others with an interest in astronomy share their passion for the stars, planets and all else related. There is something for everyone, from talks to observation sessions, suitable for all - 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 – February 2016. 

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

  • Russian spacewalk marks end of ESA's exposed space chemistry.
  • Putting Pluto’s geology on the map.
  • Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction.
  • NASA data used to track groundwater in Pakistan.
  • Long distance ultrasound made for astronauts, now reaching hospitals.
  • Luxembourg to launch framework to support the future use of space resources.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in February 2016.

Current edition and all previous editions can be accessed    HERE


JSL Observatory Next Session

Solar Saturday

14th May
1400 - 1600


Come and see the amazing features of the Sun through our specialist solar telescope! All welcome.