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Starry Night at Sheep Hill Observatory + Meteor Shower!

  • Nov 17, 2012 · 9:00 PM
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Hello All,

Just a few things...

  • Weather - is looking in our favor for Sat. night: Mostly Clear with maybe some patchy clouds. However, it will be in the upper 30's so please dress WARM!
  • Donations - If Everyone contributes a little, we can provide hot coffee and other refreshments from Dunkin Donuts while we're up there to help keep us warm. Your donation will go toward the Observatory, refreshments, and meetup dues. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person. There will be a donation box in the Observatory. Your donation (whatever you feel comfortable giving) is greatly appreciated. Thank you :-)
  • Directions - Please don't forget to read the directions in the event when you get to the end of Ross Drive

Thank you & look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
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Anyone interested in seeing some star clusters, nebula's, plants, constilations and more with a personal guided tour of our night sky through telescopes? Jupiter is the current planet in sight. You also may be able to see some of it's moons.

The Plan: First we'll look through the telescopes at what's in the November night sky. Then, we can watch the meteor shower which will start somewhere between 10-11pm.

**Please keep in mind that this is a weather sensitive event. In the event of rain or clouds covering the sky, the event could be canceled. You really can't predict what the weather will do until the day of.  As a result, it makes this event very difficult to plan in advance. Please check the weather for the Boonton, NJ area. If canceled, I will try to give you as much notice as possible without canceling too early and risk missing a clear night. I would suggest making back-up plans "just in-case".

If Saturday doesn't look like the weather will be in our favor, The Observatory will be open the night before (Friday Nov. 16th at 8:15pm) for their public night and I 'll change the event for this date. If this is the case, we'll unfortunately miss the meteor shower but still have a plenty of wonderful things to see!

*This event will be "Outdoors" Please keep in mind that the temperature is always cooler on top of the hill.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.

*Keep in mind, there are NO RESTROOM facilities on the premises.

About Sheep Hill Observatory:
Sheep Hill Observatory is a 16-foot dome, housing an 18-inch Newtonian equatorially mounted telescope.  They are open to the public every third Friday of the month (weather permitting) starting at 8:30pm.

*Sheep Hill Astronomical Association (SHAA) is a non-profit Association. There is no fee for this event however, your support for any donation (whatever you feel comfortable giving) is appreciated.
Please don't forget to sign their visitors book...Thank you :-)
For more info go to:

Latitude 40.92° North
Longitude 74.41° West

For Directions and more info. please visit their web-site: http://sheephillastro...
**Note:** Once you reach the end of Ross Dr., you will hit an empty dirt parking lot. Continue straight & follow to the right up a small hill until you're in the second lot. (Please go slow). The dome will be on your left. If the lot is full, you can park in the first lot. Please keep the spaces tight to leave room for others.

Following: We can stop at the local Dunkin Donuts or Bar down the street for those interested. Unfortunately, our usual stop at Mara's will be closed by the time we get done. 

If you are comfortable car pooling, feel free to contact anyone you see attending that lives in your area or on the way.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Look forward to seeing you!


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  • Dawn

    I'm still in awe of seeing Jupiter via telescope! Wow! Great event as always - the volunteers who run the observatory are really helpful too.

    November 20, 2012

  • Ken

    Had a wonderful time! Thanks for organizing..

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a beautiful night! Seeing Jupiter was amazing as always and the Orion Nebula was incredible. I have to say, though, I was having so much fun talking to people that I kept forgetting to look through the telescopes! :)

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was amazing meeting everyone. Thank you so much!

    November 18, 2012

  • Mushir S

    As always brilliant event

    November 18, 2012

  • Bianca R.

    Hello everyone. Please keep me informed of events happening. Looking forward to meeting people.

    November 16, 2012

  • Ted

    The peak is at 3am.

    November 16, 2012

  • Ted

    HI everyone, when we were organizing this meetup, I saw that the Leonid meteor shower was set to peak on Nov 17th. Well I just found out that the peak is actually in the morning hours, and not Saturday night. We are still supposed to have great weather and we may see some meteors, but it will not be the featured event that we originally expected. I hope to see everyone up at the observatory tomorrow night. Incidentally, if anyone is interested in seeing the meteor shower at its peak tomorrow morning, you are welcome to use the observatory grounds. I don't think anyone from the club will be there, but it is still ok to use the site.

    November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      What time is the peak time? Just out of curiosity.

      November 16, 2012

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