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.

July 18, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
It's pretty cloudy out, but we're going to open at 8:30 as planned and see how it goes. With any luck we'll be able to see Saturn, hope you come join us!
July 18, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night Tonight (7/18) starting at 8:30! Stayed tuned for a weather update later today though.
June 21, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Solar Viewing in Celebration of the Summer Solstice - June 21, 2014
June 20, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
We're opened up, great views of Saturn tonight!
June 20, 2014Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
Public Night is Tonight! The weather is calling for "party cloudy" so it could go either way. As of right now we are planning on being open tonight at 8:30, but check here again tonight just in case. Also, tomorrow (Saturday 6/21) from 10:00 - 2:00 the observatory will be open for solar viewing! Again, the weather is "partly cloudy" which should be fine for solar, but check back for updates.