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.

December 19, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Ever wonder what it's like to re-enter Earth's atmosphere? Check out this amazing rearward-looking view down the plasma trail of the Orion capsule as it re-enters from space.
December 19, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Weather for tonight is clear to partly cloudy. The observatory will be open at 7:30! Hope to see everyone there
December 19, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The SpaceX launch scheduled for today has been postponed until January.
December 18, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public night is tomorrow, 12/19 at 7:30pm. Weather looks ok right now, see you there!
December 13, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The weather is not looking great for tonight's meteor shower. We may not have the observatory open, but feel free to come out and try to catch some meteors through the clouds anyway if you like.