Welcome to the Highlands Astronomical Society

Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS) is where amateur astonomers and others with an interest in astronomy share their passion for the stars, planets and all other wonders of the Universe.









There is something for everyone, from talks to observing sessions, suitable for all - from absolute beginners to the more advanced astronomer. Most of our activities take place in and around Culloden, where we meet every month and have our own observatory.

Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of each month at Smithton Culloden Free Church (second Tuesday in 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. Directions to the venue are on the 'Find Us' page. 

See the 'Meetings and Events' page for more information.

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 

Observing Sessions

There are public evening observing sessions on 2-3 Fridays each month throughout the winter at the JSL Observatory located at Culloden Battlefield, opposite the NTS Visitor Centre (directions). We also host Solar Saturdays through the summer months where you can SAFELY view the Sun with specialist equipment. Please be sure to visit the JSL Observatory page before joining us - it will help you to get the most out of your observatory visit.

The News section contains observing logs from recent sessions written by an observatory supervisor.

See the 'JSL Observatory' panel in the right-hand column for the date, time and status of our next observing session. This is updated in the hours before a session, so do check back before setting out.


NEW! Observing Guide Series - Weekly Binocular Objects

Series of observing guides focusing on binocular astronomy, with a new object introduced every week. Suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to more experienced observers - anyone with a binocular in fact!

Latest Edition:


New images from Jeremy RundleAndrew Brough and David Davidson in the gallery.


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 Exploration News Update – February 2018 by Pat Williams

  • NASA astronauts return to Earth; land safely in Kazakhstan.
  • Hubble sees Neptune's mysterious shrinking storm.
  • Cornwall to host world’s first commercial deep-space communications station.
  • UAE launches seed grants to support new research into space settlement & space habitation.
  • SpaceChain successfully launches first blockchain node into low Earth orbit.
  • Improved Hubble yardstick gives fresh evidence for new physics in the universe.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in February 2018.

This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE


JSL ObservatoryNext Observing Session
Public & Members

Lunar Observing
Fri 23rd Mar


All welcome. Please observe the advertised start time and ensure white lights are off before entry. See here for upcoming session dates.