The Sheep Hill Observatory, featuring an 18 inch, f/4.5 Newtonian Reflecting Telescope, is maintained by the organization. The telescope sits on the 2nd floor of the observatory underneath a 16-foot steel dome. The telescope is mounted on an equatorial fork mount with a sidereal-rate tracking motor. It is a beautiful instrument, and is one of the largest telescopes open to the public in New Jersey.

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Special / Seasonal Events

The observatory is open to the public on the 3rd Friday evening of each month at 7:30pm (8:30pm during daylight savings) weather permitting. It is also open during various special events throughout the year, including meteor showers and other celestial phenomenon. Please check the calendar found on their website for scheduled events. You can also sign up for their mailing list (found on their site as well) to be notified of upcoming events.


To Sheep Hill Observatory

From I-287 South: Take exit 45, make a left onto Myrtle Ave, then right onto Wootton St.

From I-287 North: Take exit 45, make a left onto Wootton St

Continued: Follow Wootton St past Boonton Ave and take the 2nd right onto Ross Dr. Keep right and follow to the end. At the first dirt parking lot, turn right into the upper parking lot.

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The Sheep Hill Astronomical Association (SHAA) 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.

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Listing Center: Latitude: 40.9191
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.4062
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Sheep Hill Observatory (SHAA)

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