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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 Club Meetings

Open to HAS Members and Associated Club Members

Zoom Webinars

 

Although our face-to-face meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future we are replacing them with Zoom webinars.

All our members* will be emailed in advance to let you know when they are and how to take part.  We can also run targeted mini-tutorials & practice sessions to help you get comfortable with the software.

* including Associated Clubs - Aberdeen Astronomical Society, Caithness Astronomy Group, Moray Astronomy Club (SIGMA), and North Ronaldsay Astronomy Group

 

 

          

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NORMALLY we hold our meetings in Smithton Free Church Cafe and you can find the exact spot by clicking on this “what3words”locating link ///absent.lizard.front

(This 3 word address refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. Tap the link or enter the 3 words into the free what3words app to find it.  Zoom/scroll out & click on the satellite view and it'll take you to the exact spot!)

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  The Orion Nebula (M42) through our Observatory Astrocam Link

 

Find out about your local astronomy club, what we get up to, where we meet, and how to join your local astronomy club!

You can easily contact us on FB, Messenger, or via our CONTACT menu button on this website.

 


Observing Sessions

 

Although our face-to-face observing sessions are cancelled for the foreseeable future we are replacing them with online Zoom webinars so you can still view objects live in the night (and day!) sky guided by our enthusiastic observing team.

All our members* will be emailed in advance to let you know when they are and how to take part.  We can also run targeted mini-tutorials & practice sessions to help you get comfortable with the software.

* including Associated Clubs - Aberdeen Astronomical Society, Caithness Astronomy Group, Moray Astronomy Club (SIGMA), and North Ronaldsay Astronomy Group

 

 

Dark Sky Sessions (September through March)

There are public evening observing sessions scheduled on Fridays & Saturdays each month throughout the winter at the JSL Observatory located at Culloden Battlefield, opposite the NTS Visitor Centre.  We also open the observatory for special events which will be notified via this website, Facebook, and Instagram when they occur.  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.

Open to everyone although recommended for children age 8 and over.

A voluntary charitable donation in the region of £5 per adult would be greatly appreciated to enable us to operate & maintain our Observatory.

FREE to HAS & SIGMA Members

View & click on the Dark Sky Observing 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 as observing is weather dependant, so do check back before setting out.

Location of JSL Observatory:    (what3words) ///cosmetic.measuring.caressed

 


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 (thereafter £5 per meeting for non-members).

The Youngstars, for ages 8-14, meet at the same venue, prior to the Main Meeting, from 19:00 - 19.30.

 

Directions to Smithton Free Church:     Car     Cycle     Walk     ///absent.lizard.front

See the Meetings and Events page for more information.


Solar Sessions (April through August)

We also host Pop-Up Solar Observatories through the summer months where you can SAFELY view the Sun with specialist equipment.  These are usually on Saturdays and they literally pop up at popular venues throughout Inverness-shire and Ross-shire.


If you attend one of our public observing sessions, enjoy the experience, and wish to thank us in a practical manner, you can actually help by making a contribution to the Society’s collection box. The Highlands Astronomical Society is a registered charity (number SC 037209) and it depends on fund raising and donations to keep the observatory running.


Joining HAS

Click here to find details about Member Benefits and How to Apply for Membership of your friendly, local Highlands Astronomy club.

Contact us via our Enquiries page if you need further information.  We want this to be as simple a process for you as we can possibly make it.


 

Gallery

Our Image Gallery with high resolution images and details of image capture & processing is located on Flickr

Latest Images

Also see our social media for more images:

Our older images can still be viewed at

HAS Archived Gallery Index

Space Exploration News Update – April 2020 by Pat Williams

  • ESO telescope sees star dance around supermassive black hole, proves Einstein right.
  • CIMON-2 makes its debut on the ISS.
  • The 2020s: the space exploration decade.
  • Small Optical Link for International Space Station (SOLISS) succeeds in bidirectional laser communication between space and ground station.
  • Astronomers detect first double helium-core white dwarf gravitational wave source.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in April 2020.

This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE

 


 

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Dark Sky Observing




STATUS: All Observatory Events Cancelled For The Forseeable Future

However ..... see front page for alternative Zoom webinar hosted online sessions!



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