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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 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.


 

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:

Gallery

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

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 Exploration News Update – July 2018 by Pat Williams

  • Dawn's latest orbit reveals dramatic new views of Occator crater.
  • Lockheed Martin and Orbex to launch UK into new space age.
  • Ryugu – An asteroid with edges, ridges and big boulders.
  • New era of space research launched by IceCube Observatory and global team of astronomers.
  • Into the mesosphere at Mach 2.4.
  • National In-Orbit Servicing Control Facility to be built in UK to help remove space debris.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in July 2018.

This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE

 


 

JSL ObservatoryNext Observing Session
Solar Saturday

Sat 25th August
14:00 - 16:00

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Come and safely observe the Sun with our specialist equipment. Please note that you should never look or point any instrument at the Sun - instant and permanent eye damage will result! Our equipment is safe to use and operated by trained Supervisors.
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