The Sheep Hill Astronomical Association
The Sheep Hill Astronomical Association (SHAA) is located in the town of Boonton, in Morris County, New Jersey, and was organized around the mid-1970s. 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.
SHAA business meetings are held in the Boonton Senior Center on the first Sunday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Each meeting 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. The observatory phone number is (973) 335-5990.
Occasionally the observatory is made available for special viewing nights for local schools and scouting groups. Please e-mail us to schedule a viewing night for your group.
There are currently about thirty active members in the organization. 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.
Sheep Hill ObservatoryThe club's observatory is located atop Sheep Hill at the end of Ross Drive in Boonton, NJ.
Latitude 40.92° North
Longitude 74.41° West
925 feet above sea level.
Last Updated: May 19, 2013 Sheep Hill Astronomical Association contacts @ sheephillastro . org