The Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory

Highlands Astronomical Society is the proud owner of a "state of the art" Astronomical Observatory. It is situated on the grounds of the NTS Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield and can be reached from the Visitor Centre's far Car Park.

The Observatory is regularly open to the Public. Please check the JSL Observatory Inset in the right hand column for details about the next Observing Sessions and their status. (Note: you may need to disable your browser's ad-blocker or whitelist this site if you cannot see the "JSL Observatory" panel on the right of the page).

For information on all planned Observing Sessions click here.

For more information about Public Observing Sessions, please go to our Public Observing page.

Observing Session

For Dates and Details about the upcoming Observing Sessions at the Observatory, click here

NEW! Live Images

You can now see live images from our Deep Space Camera when Sessions are in progress (and the Camera switched on). Click here to see the latest Image.

Solar Saturdays

From April to September each year we host a series of Daytime Observing Sessions at the Observatory during which Visitors can safely observe the Sun through a sophisticated Solar Telescope.

VERY IMPORTANT! Never look directly into the Sun through binoculars or a telescope or even with the naked eye. It will cause immediate and incurable damage to your eyes if you do. If you want to observe the Sun, contact the Society and we will be able to provide advice for safe observing.

Weather & Observing Conditions

IMPORTANT! Practical Observing Etiquette

Click here for a Guide to getting the most out of your Observing Session, whether it be your own personal one or a Society organised Event.


JSL ObservatoryNext Observing Session
Public & Members Observing

Lunar Session
Fri 26th Jan


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