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 29, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Looks to be a fantastic night! The observatory opens at 8:00, hope to see you all there!
August 28, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The Observatory will be open tomorrow 8/29 starting at 8:00 pm! Not our usual night, but since the weather has been poor lately we decided to give public night another try. Hope to see you all there!
August 21, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
If you've never been to UACNJ in Jenny Jump Forest you should check it out. They have great programs every Saturday during the Summer.
August 15, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Looks like its going to be a beautiful day and a decent night (may be some early clouds, but clearing). See you all tonight (8/15) for Public Night starting at 8:30!
August 12, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Meteor viewing for tonight is cancelled due to the weather. But don't worry, the Perseids are long lived and are active through the end of the month so you still have plenty of time to see them. Also this Friday 8/15 is public night so come visit us then!