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.

June 18, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
We're open now for solar observing! It's a beautiful day, and there's great views of the sun. We're here til 3:00, come check us out!
June 17, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The weather looks FANTASTIC for tonight! Should be excellent for planet viewing! See you all at 8:30 And don't forget tomorrow afternoon for solar observing!
June 15, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
2 opportunities to visit us this week! Public night this Friday (6/17) at 8:30pm, come out to see our 3 favorite planets, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. And Saturday (6/18) we will be open for solar observing in celebration of the summer solstice. 11:00am - 3:00
June 4, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tomorrow (6/5) is our monthly meeting. This month we have a presentation by SHAA member Ted Winsch on astronomy for beginners. Our meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. If you have a telescope and would like to know more, or just have an interest in astronomy, stop by and check it out. Presentation starts at 7:30 and our meetings are held in the boonton senior center. Directions can be found on our website.
May 31, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Here is the processed image of Mars from 5/28/2016 and an older image from April 2014. The 2014 image is much better despite the planet being further away at the time. We had poor conditions this time around and the image suffered. Also, the side of Mars that was facing us that night was a bit boring. The 2014 image had a more interesting side of the planet presenting. Even still, some surface detail can be made out, particularly in the polar regions. Mars will be in the sky for a while yet and we plan to observe it again next public night on June 17th. If you want to see Mars yourself, no telescope is needed! Just look South East after 9:00 pm and the birght red "star" is Mars! Binoculars or a small telescope should show it as a disk.