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.

July 24, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
New True color image of Pluto release today! And don't forget, the observatory is open tonight (7/24) starting at 8:30! While we can't see Pluto, we can see Saturn and other cool things!
July 23, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The observatory will be open to the public tomorrow night (7/24) at 8:30pm. Join us for a view of the moon, Saturn, and other deep sky objects. Also, if you have a telescope that you need help setting up, operating, or simply finding objects in the sky, feel free to bring it to the observatory grounds. We will have members available to help you get started and get the most out of your scope.
July 17, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is cancelled for tonight due to clouds.
July 17, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
New Close Up Photos of Pluto!
July 17, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tonight is public, however it is supposed to cloud up later. Not looking good right now, but stay tuned for a weather update later today.