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Highlands Astronomical Society

Welcome To Highlands Astronomical Society

'The Active Astronomy Club'

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 occasional talks to observing sessions, teaching & coaching what to see and how to see it, suitable for all - from absolute beginners to the more advanced astronomer - with the emphasis on amateurs 'doing' astronomy.  We meet monthly in Smithton, Inverness and have our own observatory near Culloden Battlefield where we view & photograph both the night sky and our Sun.

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 *** Members Only *** 

 Sunday 26th March


6pm The Sun

7pm The Moon

8pm The Stars


A Chance For HAS Members To Meet & Chat


Observatory open from 5:00pm

JSL Observatory



-  Tea/coffee and snacks available



Sometimes NTS Security close the main gate after we have set up.  If this is the case, leave your car in the top car park & walk down to the Observatory

HAS Monthly Club Meeting


Open to HAS Members, Affiliated Club Members, and Visitors

Tuesday, 4th April 2023

The Café at Smithton Church, Inverness  IV2 7YU

Doors Open: 6:45pm (also 6:45pm for YoungStars)

YoungStars (8 to 14yrs): 6:45 - 7:15pm

Annual General Meeting

followed by Monthly Meeting, 

Starts: 7:15pm     Meeting Close:  9:30pm 


Join us in our new Club focus

'Active Astronomy For All'


( April Member's Spotlight:  None this month due AGM. )


Tonight's programme is:




  • Comfort Break - Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Raffle, & Chat


  • Club News, Astropics, etc ...


followed by


  • Activity Tables  / Help & Advice  or 'Ask an Astronomer' !  -
    • Beginners' Group(s)
    • Find your way around the night sky and help with HAS Challenges
    • Equipment (Choice, Setup, Use)
    • Astrophotography


Feel free to bring along your own equipment **  if you need advice or you want to demo it.

** Please let us know beforehand (use the drop-down menu on our Contact page) & that will enable us to have the 'right' people in place on the night.


Non-Members Welcome - Come along and see what we get up to.  If you like what you see it's easy to join your Local Astronomy Club

First visit is FREE, thereafter a Charitable Donation of £5.00 is appreciated.




Non-members interested in joining, please get in touch using FaceBook Messenger or the CONTACT menu button on this website.

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Member's Messier Challenge


We're now getting to the 'serious', and best, time of the astronomy season. To help members learn to navigate the night sky and 'hunt down' beautiful & fascinating objects we're resurrecting a Member's Challenge we set up & ran nearly two decades ago

The HAS Member's Messier Challenge

Earn your own Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Platinum Certificates of Achievment while learning 'how to do' amateur astronomy - it's great fun and you've got plenty of experienced Club Members & Observers to help you.


Watch This Space ... to learn more about The HAS Members Messier Challenge

If you want to start using your telescope, binoculars, or star atlas  ... and you find  you need a wee bit help to get the best out of it ... just get in touch with your friendly & helpful local Scottish Highlands Astronomy club.

We'll get you on the right path to start looking up!

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Joining HAS

Click here to find details about Member Benefits and How to Apply for Membership of your friendly, local Scottish 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.

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Charitable Donations

If you attend one of our public observing sessions, enjoy the experience, and wish to thank us in a practical manner, you can help by making a contribution to the Society’s collection box.

The Highlands Astronomical Society is a Registered Scottish Charity (SC 037209) and depends on fund raising and donations to keep the Club & Observatory running.

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