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.

June 21, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Experimental live show tonight, starting soon! Trying some astrophotography of the Antares region, which hosts a globular cluster, and some nice colorful nebulae (Probably not visible in the stream) This is all an experiment, so hopefully it works. Feel free to ask all your space questions in the chat!
June 15, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night for June 16th is cancelled due to poor weather.
May 19, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is tonight (5/19), we open at 8:30!
May 12, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Interest was light and planning time short for a May Movie Night so we are pushing this back until the fall. Thanks to everyone who voted and stayed tuned for details in the coming months
April 29, 2017Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Hey everyone, Ross dr is closed for utility work. You'll need to take the next street, Barnett to the end, turn right on James. Then a quick right, then left to get back on Ross dr. We're opening soon, see you here!