the Birthplace of american astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Telescope Sale



Welcome to the


We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, and history buffs.



A National Historic Landmark


Step back in time and space.

Explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes which saw first light in 1845 and 1904.






We have this scope, the Orion XT8 classic dobsonian (Dean's favorite) on sale this fall for only $325


Call us at 513-321-5186 to view our selection of telescopes and binoculars starting at $100.

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History and Architecture


Two of Cincinnati's fabled seven hills are named because of us.  The science of meteorology started here.  And our main building, built in 1873, was designed by Cincinnati's premier architect.   

Learn more during our History Tours on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 1-4pm. 
Next program is November 23.







We still have space to host an out-of-this-world field trip for your class.

Perfect for all ages, we can cater a program just for you.  Plus you get to see the two large telescopes.  

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Telescope Sale

Join Us

Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder

Public Events

See "What's Up" at the Observatory.  Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore

School Programs

Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory