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.

November 21, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The observatory will be open tonight, 11/21, starting at 7:30 PM. See you there and dress warm!
November 18, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Don't forget, this Friday 11/21 is Public Night at the observatory!
November 13, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
As you might have heard, the Philae landing didn't go quite as planned. The lander failed to secure itself during it's first touchdown and as a result, bounced in the ultra low gravity of the tiny comet. ESA does not know where it finally came to rest yet, but they do know that it is down, and it is still working. Pictures and data are coming in, but it appears to show that the lander is lying on its side, one of its legs is sticking up into space. The concern now it that it may be in a position where it doesn't get enough sunlight to stay powered. More information is constantly coming out, whatever the outcome, the mission is considered a success. ESA has a working lander on the surface of a comet, and that is truly exciting!
November 12, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
ESA successfully lands Philae on comet 67P!!
November 12, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Philae on it's way down to comet 67/p!