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.

February 11, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
#TBT Have no information on this photo at all, but I suspect it may be Comet Kohoutek in 1973. Perhaps SHAA's first astrophoto? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Kohoutek
February 9, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
It's now been a bit over a week, and we have raised over $1500 in online donations from when this GoFundMe campaign was started. We are really blown away by the donations and the support that we have received already! That being said, we're still about 20% of the way there and have quite a bit more to go. If you can, please share our campaign wherever you can, so we can continue to share our love of Astronomy with all of you!
February 7, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Reminder: there is no meeting tonight. SHAAs February meeting will be held next week on the 14th.
February 5, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Time is running out to see 5 planet's in the sky at once! About another week before Mercury disappears
February 4, 2016Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
#TBT The Booth Astronomical Association in 1970 (later renamed Sheep Hill Astronomical Assoc.) Building the observatory 46 years ago.