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.

August 19, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Movie Night Under the Stars - Sept 10th!!! Tickets will be available tonight (8/19) at Public Night. Limited number available!
August 19, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
We're open tonight (8/19) at 8:30 for public night, we hope you join us!
August 12, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Looks like thunderstorms have passed for now. We're going to give it a go tonight, hopefully we'll get some breaks in the clouds
August 12, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
SHAA is hosting a Movie Night Under the Stars Fundraiser. Sept 10th. Tickets will be available tonight (8/12) at the observatory from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. Limited seats available, first come, first served.
August 12, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Weather for tonight is presently 45% cloud cover all evening, with up to a 50% chance of thunderstorms. Members will be at the observatory from at least 8:00 to 9:00 pm. If there are thunderstorms in the area, please use common sense and seek shelter. The observatory is the highest point around, and has been struck by lightning in the past. We will post another weather update later today.