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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 (normally £2.50 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     (Google Maps)

See the Meetings and Events page for more information.


Observing Sessions

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.

Observing Guides for the upcoming sessions can be downloaded here    -      Friday Session        Saturday Session

 

Directions to JSL Observatory:     Car     Cycle     Walk     (Google Maps)

 

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

View & click on the Summer Solar 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.

 

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 – July 2019 by Pat Williams

  • ISRO's GSLV launches Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.
  • Fuelling of NASA's Mars 2020 rover power system begins.
  • First of two Van Allen probes spacecraft ceases operations.
  • A new plan for keeping NASA's oldest explorers going.
  • Astronauts less likely to faint on earth if they exercise in space.
  • NASA selects 12 new lunar science, technology investigations.
  • Guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities of the committee on peaceful uses of outer space adopted.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in July 2019

 This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE