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.

March 16, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public night for tomorrow 3/17 is cancelled. We will instead reschedule for Saturday 3/25 at 7:30pm.
February 25, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
There is a solar eclipse tomorrow morning. Not visible from our area but you can view it on Slooh starting at 7am http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/the-southern-ring-of-fire-solar-eclipse
February 16, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The observatory will be open tomorrow (2/17) starting at 7:30. So far the weather looks good. Dress warm and see you there!
January 20, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is cancelled tonight due to the weather forecast.
January 18, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Once again, the weather does not look like it will cooperate with our monthly Public Night scheduled for this Friday, 1/20. Keep an eye hear for updates to see if we will be open.