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.

May 22, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Despite the clouds in the sky now, we are still planning to open tonight. The forecast is calling for clear skies after 8pm. Lets hope they're right...
May 21, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The observatory will be open tomorrow night (5/22) starting at 8:30pm. Come out and see the moon, Venus, Jupiter, and (if you stay late enough) Saturn! As always, this is weather permitting so check back here tomorrow afternoon if the weather is questionable.
May 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Don't forget, tonight is our Dining to Donate event at Houlihan's in Parsippany. Simply eat it or take out between 5:00 and 9:00, present this flyer and SHAA gets a portion of your check!
May 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
A crowd funded solar-sail prototype satellite lifts off today. How cool is that?!
May 15, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is cancelled for tonight (5/15) due to clouds. We will try again for next Friday.