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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.


 

Public Live Observing Webcast - REWATCH

Saturday 24th October

on YouTube

 

A fantastic live observing webcast last night - watched by 33 enthusiastic viewers/observers from Stornoway to North Ronaldsay to Thurso to Brechin to Belgium!

You can watch the entire recorded session and fast track to your favourite bits (at the time of posting the YouTube video has already had 100+ views!).

This is an amazing achievement for an amateur astronomy club and if you want to help us keep doing this please consider joining our Club.

Membership ensures that you are invited to ALL the MEMBERS ONLY events (Monthly Club Meetings Online, Live Observing Webcasts, Advice/Tuition & Training for Practical Observers, become part of our Observing Team and/or Astrophotography Group, etc)

If you're interested then let us know by contacting us on FB Messenger, or through our CONTACT option on this website and we'll get further details to you.

Clear Skies and Keep Your Heads Up!

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Come view the night sky in high quality 1080p resolution, hosted by Highlands Astronomical Observing Team.

If you want to use the YouTube LiveChat facility where you'll be able to type any questions, comments, & requests throughout the session, you'll need to create a Google Account & your own YouTube Channel (see link below) -

Create Google Account & YouTube Channel

 

 

Clear Skies and Hope To See You There!

 


 

Monthly Club Meetings

Open to HAS Members and Associated Club Members

 

This Tuesday, 6th October 2020 - Zoom Meeting*
Room Opens 7:15pm         Meeting Starts - 7:30pm

 

The programme is -

- Chairman’s Chat

- Main Talk then Q&A

- Club News (incl. astropics, targets of the month)

- Club Q&A

 

The main talk is by our own, and past Chair, Paul Jenkins, who will be speaking to us on "Out and Beyond - The Adventures of Voyagers I & II"

Hope to see you there.

 

* This meeting is being held on Zoom and if you are a non-member and wish to attend please use the Contact option just below the banner and we will get the Zoom link details to you.

You can easily contact us on FB, Messenger, or via our CONTACT menu button on this website.


Observing Sessions

 

Highlands Astronomical Society at "Cutting Edge" of Live Observing Webcasts (23rd September 2020)

Scottish Highlands based astronomy club, Highlands Astronomical Society, leads the way in delivering high quality, practical & interactive observing astronomy to its members & the general public (worldwide) in these restricted COVID-19 times

https://youtu.be/Tkr-8h6RuAg

Thanks to everyone who attended & participated in last night's Live Observing Webcast - Final Test.

It was a great success - the final viewing of Messier 27 (The Dumbbell Nebula) demonstrated what we can achieve - and I now know we can do even better than that!  Dave & I learned so much from your live & emailed feedback, which will be incorporated into future webcasts to improve your viewing experience and reduce our webcasting nerves!

If you want to view the session - glitches & imperfections included - please click on the YouTube link. It was webcast & recorded in 1080p so check that your own YouTube app is set to that in order to get the best experience.

We'll let you know via FB and our website when the next live observing webcast is happening - it will be soon! - and HAS members will be notified by email.

Clear Skies

Eric & Dave


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 – September 2020 by Pat Williams

  • Hints of life on Venus.
  • NRAO joins space mission to the far side of the Moon to explore the early universe.
  • SpaceX to launch first Commercial Crew rotation mission to International Space Station.
  • Second alignment plane of solar system discovered.
  • Testing Time for Pills in Space.
  • New small satellite mission to rendezvous with binary asteroids.
  • Links to other space and astronomy news published in September 2020.

This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE

 


 

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Dark Sky Observing

Public Live Observing Webcast - 9pm TONIGHT


Saturday 24th October


on YouTube


Come view the night sky in high quality 1080p resolution, hosted by Highlands Astronomical Observing Team.


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