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 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 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 the 'JSL Observatory' panel in the right-hand column for the date and status of our next observing session. Click here for more information on the observatory.

Gallery Update  Click the thumbnail to the left to see the latest images from Denis Buczynski. Use the link below to go to the gallery homepage, where you can browse all of our gallery pages.

HAS Image 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 – September 2017
by Pat Williams

  • NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ends its exploration of Saturn.
  • New Horizons files flight plan for 2019 flyby.

  • LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision.

  • Three new crew members arrive at International Space Station.

  • Kansas University researchers partner with NASA to study astronaut fitness.

  • MDA to provide communication subsystems for Korean Lunar Exploration.

  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in September 2017.

This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE


JSL ObservatoryNext Observing Session
Public & Members Observing

Fri 20th Oct


All welcome from 20:00 onwards - please observe the start time, and ensure white lights are off before entry.