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.

October 2, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
We're guilty of promoting "super" moons as much as anyone (anything that helps expand astronomy, right?), but it really is dumb. Here's why:
September 29, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Friends- We are getting kicked off of our current web hosting provider and will be moving to a new server. For the next few days there may be interruptions to our website, email, and mailing list. If you have any problems contacting us, please send a facebook message instead. Thank you
September 28, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Liquid water discovered on the surface of Mars!
September 28, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
One of our members did get a photo of the eclipse from Saddle Brook! Photo Credit: Gary Scimeca
September 28, 2015Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Thanks to everyone who came out last night! The weather was mostly uncooperative but those who stuck around were rewarded. We got some peeks at totality before it ended and got decent viewing of the trailing partial eclipse. Sadly, I don't think anyone got any decent pictures though. Regardless, we had a great night and we hope you all come back to visit us when the weather is a bit better!