The Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory

Highlands Astronomical Society is the proud owner of a fully equipped astronomical observatory opened in 2008. The observing dome houses a Meade LX200R 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, fitted to a Skywatcher EQ8 GOTO equatorial mount. The Society also has various other telescopes, ranging from a 3.5" Maksutov and 4" achromatic refractor up to an 8" astrograph and 12" dobsonian. These will often be set up by members of the observatory team as auxiliary telescopes for public and members observing sessions.

The observatory 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. For further directions see the Find Us page.


The observatory is regularly open to the public - see the table below for dates. Please check the JSL Observatory panel in the right hand column for the status of the next observing session before setting out. (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 more information about Public Observing Sessions, please go to our Public Observing page.

Observing Sessions

See below for details of our upcoming sessions.

Type Date Time
Public & Members (lunar observing) Fri 23rd Feb 2018 20:00-22:00
Public & Members Fri 9th Mar 2018 20:00-22:00
Members & Guests Sat 10th Mar 2018 20:00-22:00
Public & Members Fri 16th Mar 2018 20:00-22:00
Members & Guests Sat 17th Mar 2018 20:00-22:00
Public & Members (lunar observing) Fri 23rd Mar 2018 20:00-22:00
Public & Members (lunar observing - Earth Hour) Sat 24th Mar 2018 20:00-22:00

To read reports and observing logs from our sessions, go to the News page or see the "Latest from HAS" item in the right column.

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 specialist solar telescope operated by an observatory supervisor.

The Society's solar telescope is a Lunt LS60THa, which allows only a very specific part of the Sun's radiation (the hydrogen-alpha band) through to the eyepiece, meaning prominences (flares), filaments and surface granulation are readily visible and observable in near real-time.

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
Solar Saturday

Sat 21st July

STATUS: Cancelled due to excessive cloud cover at the observatory.

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