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.

January 16, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
A fantastic first public night of the year. Thanks everyone for coming, we hope you enjoyed the views!
January 16, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Come see the comet tonight! Observatory opens at 7:30pm!!
January 16, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Sheep Hill Observatory is Open Tonight!! (1/16) Comet Lovejoy is high and bright, and the weather should be clear. We open at 7:30pm, hope to see you all there!
January 14, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is this Friday (1/16) and this month, there is a fantastic comet in the sky! Come take a look at it through our telescope starting at 7:30 PM !
January 12, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
You probably heard about Comet Lovejoy gracing our skies this month. Here's an image of the comet from last Saturday taken by an SHAA member. Comet Lovejoy will be the highlight of our Public Viewing Night this coming Friday 1/16 starting at 7:30pm. This is an unusually bright comet and is fantastic viewing in our 18" telescope. It's moving fast and won't be here for long so don't miss your chance to see it Friday!