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 15, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The observatory will be open tonight (7/15) starting at 8:30! We should enjoy views of Mars, Saturn, and the Moon!
July 12, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
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July 10, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tonight's business meeting is cancelled. Next meeting is August 7th
June 18, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
We're open now for solar observing! It's a beautiful day, and there's great views of the sun. We're here til 3:00, come check us out!
June 17, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The weather looks FANTASTIC for tonight! Should be excellent for planet viewing! See you all at 8:30 And don't forget tomorrow afternoon for solar observing!