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.

March 26, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public night cancelled for tomorrow due to, you guessed it, chance of snow. Will winter ever quit? We'll try to open Saturday night, 3/28 instead.
March 19, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Not visible for us so catch it on Slooh
March 19, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring! In other news, public night will be cancelled due to snow. We'll try again for next Friday, 3/27
March 1, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tonight's meeting will be postponed until next week, 3/8, due to the impending snowstorm.
February 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is tonight! The weather is going to clear and viewing should be excellent. Very cold though, dress super warm. Open at 7:30 pm. Come early as we won't be staying open very long due to the cold.