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.

September 26, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Not an official public night, but the observatory will be open tonight if anyone would like to stop by
September 24, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tuesdays's fireball seen at Sheep Hill was captured on UACNJ's all-sky camera.
September 24, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
A fireball was witnessed over the observatory last night. Here's a report on it from the AMS. It was bright enough to light the inside of the dome while observing. There was also about 10 other meteors seen at Sheep Hill, although there was no known shower at the time. http://www.amsmeteors.org/2014/09/four-large-fireball-events-over-usa/
September 23, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The observatory will be open tonight from 8-10pm. Take a mid-week break and relax under the stars. We will be viewing star clusters, nebulae, and the Andromeda Galaxy.
September 19, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Preliminary landing site chosen for Rosetta's Philae lander. Very exciting stuff going on with this mission. Landing to take place Nov 11.