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.

Monthly Club Meetings

Open to HAS Members, Affiliated Club Members, and First-Time Visitors


Tuesday, 2nd March 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 Glasgow University's Professor Martin Hendry, who will be speaking to us about "Exploring The Dark Side Of The Universe", with a synopsis here

Over the past 20 years a fascinating and intriguing picture of our universe has emerged:  we appear to live in a very strange cosmos in which the expansion of the universe is accelerating and only 5% of the matter and energy is in the form of the atoms that make up stars and planets and, ultimately, people.  An impressive range of astronomical observations appears to support this “runaway universe” picture, but there are many perplexing questions left unanswered – not least why is it proving so difficult to accurately measure how fast the universe is expanding?

Join University of Glasgow astronomer Martin Hendry on a whistle-stop tour through more than thirteen billion years of cosmic history: exploding stars, colliding black holes, dark matter, dark energy and the very latest theories of the Big Bang.


It's sure to be a great talk.  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.

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

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!



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!


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


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.



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 – 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



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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Dark Sky Observing

Public Live Observing Webcast - xpm ABC123

Details will appear here

Click to join us on YouTube

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

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