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.

April 26, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Thank you to everyone who came out for Astronomy Day yesterday. We had a great time sharing the views of the sun, moon, planets, and stars with kids of all ages. And a very big thank you to the 53 Grill for donating the food for the event.
April 24, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Weather for tomorrow looks beautiful! Be sure to come join us for Astronomy Day! Solar observing and activities from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM and Night Sky observing starting at 8:30 PM including the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Star Clusters and More!!
April 23, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
50 of the best Hubble Space Telescope images to mark 25 years of amazing views.
April 22, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The Lyrid Meteor shower peaks tonight. Sheep Hill Park will be open for viewing and SHAA members will be there from 9:00 - 10:00pm, weather permitting. Weather is questionable so check before you come out.
April 20, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Join us this Saturday for Astronomy Day! Solar observing from 10:00 am to 3:30 and night observing from 8:30 pm to 10:30 http://www.sheephillastro.org/docs/Astroday2015.pdf