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.

October 27, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
This should be visible from our area if you have a clear view to the South / Southeast. Scheduled to liftoff at 6:45 tonight.
October 16, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public night is this Friday 10/17 at 8:00 PM!! The weather looks good, come join us for a nice relaxing night under the stars!
October 13, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Ever wanted to use research class telescopes from pristine dark skies? Well, now you can! Slooh has partnered with us to provide trial memberships to their observatories. Sign up with the link below and your entire $30 trial membership gets donated to Sheep Hill Observatory! You will get access to telescopes in the Canary Islands and in Chile for 90 days. You can book as many time slots as you like (max 5 at a time) and get images from your "missions" downloaded to your computer. For $30 it really is a bargain and best of all the first $30 goes right to us! Full details are on the site below. Make sure you use this link!!! ---> http://mbsy.co/slooh/9738475
October 9, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Does anyone know of a good print shop (for business cards and such) in Boonton or nearby?
October 6, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Lunar Eclipse occurring early Wed morning. Check it out if you are up and have a clear view of the western horizon.