The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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Welcome to the
Cincinnati
Observatory

 

We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, scouts and history buffs. We offer public astronomy programs and stargazing every Thursday & Friday evening and dozens of special events throughout the year.

 

 

A National Historic Landmark

 

When you explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes, you'll step back in time and space.  

Learn more about our mission and watch our New Video

 

 

 

Dean's 500th Episode

 

After over five years with the PBS show Star Gazers, Dean's milestone episode airs this week

Watch it now

 

 

 

MOONDAY MONDAY

 

Love the Moon?  We do too.  Visit us on this special Moonday.

February 15, from 7-9pm

Learn More

 

 

 

 

Topics in Astronomy

 

A series of classes presented by Observatory Astronomer & PBS Star Gazer, Dean Regas.

Learn More

 

Mission & Vision
Star Gazers
Late Night, Date Night
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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