About Our Club

The Sheep Hill Astronomical Association (SHAA) is located in the town of Boonton, in Morris County, New Jersey, and was organized around the mid 1960's. It was formed when several dedicated amateur astronomers decided to group together to build an observatory for their own and public use. The result of their effort is Sheep Hill Observatory with its 16-foot dome housing a 18-inch Newtonian equatorially mounted telescope. There are currently about thirty active members in the organization.

SHAA business meetings are held in the Boonton Senior Center on the first Sunday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Each meeting is open to the public and begins with an astronomical presentation.

The club holds public observing nights where all interested parties are invited to visit and view the evening skies at the Sheep Hill Observatory. Public sessions are held the third Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m. EST, and 8:30 p.m. DST, weather permitting. Please check our calendar for scheduled events, or sign up for our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Occasionally the observatory is made available for special viewing nights for local schools and scouting groups. Please contact us to schedule a viewing night for your group.

SHAA is also a member of the UACNJ and has access to the observatory at Jenny Jump State Forest near Hope, NJ. UACNJ is not a club, but a consortium of a dozen and a half clubs, united to better help support, coordinate, and communicate ideas between the over 1400 individuals who make astronomy their hobby, in and around the state.

January 20, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is cancelled tonight due to the weather forecast.
January 18, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Once again, the weather does not look like it will cooperate with our monthly Public Night scheduled for this Friday, 1/20. Keep an eye hear for updates to see if we will be open.
December 16, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is cancelled for tonight due to the weather forecast. Hopefully we will see you all next year. Stay warm!
December 15, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Our next Public Night is tomorrow, Friday 12/16. As of now, the weather does not look like it will cooperate like it did last month. Keep an eye here if you are planning to come up to the observatory. We will post around mid-day tomorrow to let you know if the observatory will be open.
December 12, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Unfortunately it looks like cloud cover tomorrow night will not make Boonton a good location to try to observe the peak of the Geminids, but if you live in another area, and the weather cooperates for you, it's worth trying! If you are in an area where the weather is hampering your view, you can try these video feeds: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will broadcast footage of the shower starting at 8 p.m. CST Dec. 13 until 6 a.m. on Dec. 14 on Marshall's Ustream account (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc) You can also see Geminids meteors on NASA's All Sky Fireball network page. (http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov./) Good luck!