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.

June 28, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Falcon9 and CRS-7 lost on ascent. Initial report is the 2nd stage Liquid oxygen tank failed shortly before 1st stage cutoff.
June 25, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Next attempt Sunday. Cool article and super-cool extended video of the last attempt.
June 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Our Summer Solstice viewing for tomorrow (6/21) is cancelled due to the weather. There will not be a make-up for this event, however we will be doing solar observing at the Boonton Farmers' Market next Saturday, 6/27
June 19, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night tonight! The weather is a bit iffy, but we're hoping to be able to see planets. (Juptier / Venus) We open at 8:30 and may close earlier than usual if the weather is poor.
June 15, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
2 Upcoming Events: Public Night is this Friday (6/19) starting around 8:30. Also, Sunday (6/21) we will be offering solar viewing in celebration of the Summer Solstice from 11:00am until 3:00pm. Both are free and open to the public!