Welcome to the Highlands Astronomical Society
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.
HAS Membership New Year Gift Voucher
Looking to start 2021 off in a different way?
Why not give someone - a HAS New Year Gift Voucher!
If you gift membership to someone - who may be living ANYWHERE in the world - they will receive membership until the beginning of April.
Membership includes access to all HAS online events, such as Monthly Meetings, Webinars, and high-resolution Interactive Live Observing Webcasts from the Scottish Highlands!
Purchasing a voucher now is only £8 for full adult members and is valid from now until end-March 20121.
What a fantastic offer!
Get in touch with us using the CONTACT menu button to find out more ......
Public Live Observing Webcast - REWATCH
Saturday 24th October
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!
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) -
Clear Skies and Hope To See You There!
Monthly Club Meetings
Open to HAS Members, Affiliated Club Members, and First-Time Visitors
Tuesday, 5th January 2021 - 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 Highland Astronomy freelance astronomer Stephen Mackintosh, who will be speaking to us about who will be speaking to us about archeo-astronomy in a talk called "Astronomy of Ancient Places".
It's sure to be a fascinating talk and especially relevant to us here in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by all our ancient henges & cairns!
Hope to see you there.
* This meeting is being held on Zoom for MEMBERS ONLY, however, if you are a FIRST-TIME VISITOR and wish to attend to see if our Club is for you, please use the Contact option just below the banner and we will get the Zoom link details to you.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our Image Gallery with high resolution images and details of image capture & processing is located on Flickr
Also see our social media for more images:
Our older images can still be viewed at
Space Exploration News Update – October 2020 by Pat Williams
• OSIRIS-REx In the midst of sample stowage.
• Spacebit secures a second ride to the Moon.
• Northrop Grumman and NASA complete environmental testing on the James Webb Space Telescope.
• Pluto's ice caps made of methane, turns Earth's process upside down.
• First space census launches today 7th October.
• Links to other space and astronomy news published in October 2020.
This and all previous editions can be accessed HERE