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 21, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Weather looks good for tonight! (8/21) We'll be open at 8:30pm, see you there
August 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Tomorrow (8/21) is Public Night! The observatory will be open starting at 8:30pm. Right now, the weather looks good, but be sure to check here first for a weather update.
August 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
A local photographer took some cool star trail photos at the observatory, and was kind enough to share them with us! Check out his other works here: http://www.peteralessandriaphotography.com/
August 10, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Don't forget the Perseid meteor shower peaks this week! Best viewing is Wednesday and Thursday nights with rates up to 100 meteors per hour! The observatory grounds will be open on Wednesday (8/12) starting at 9:00pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and we'll see you there! If you can't make it, meteors can be viewed all week long from any reasonably dark location, the later in the night, the better. Just find a comfortable spot and look up.
July 24, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
New True color image of Pluto release today! And don't forget, the observatory is open tonight (7/24) starting at 8:30! While we can't see Pluto, we can see Saturn and other cool things!