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, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Jupiter and 2 of it's moons, Europa and Io. Also visible is the Great Red Spot, a giant storm that has been raging for hundreds of years, and the shadow of Europa on the planet.. Taken with the 18" telescope at our observatory on April 15th, 2016.
May 22, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Time Lapse video from last Friday's Public Night
May 20, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
We're LIVE on the interwebs, RIGHT NOW!. (In Theory) We're open for public night, but if you can't make it, try our 1st ever experimental live stream at the link below! http://youtu.be/kgu2h2HXqTs
May 20, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
As of now, the weather looks ok for tonight. We'll be open starting at 8:30! Join us for views of Jupiter, the Moon and... Maybe Mars! Later on if the clouds hold off
May 19, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is tomorrow, 5/20. Tough call on the weather right now. Check back tomorrow for updates.