The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision VENUS MEETS JUPITER 2017 Calendar Photo Contest ScopeOut 2016

 

 

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. 


Watch our New Video

 

 

 

VENUS MEET JUPITER

 

Saturday August 27th 7:30pm

Worlds align on this special night and you're invited

See the Planets

 

 

 

Photo Contest

 

Be a part of our 2017 Observatory Calendar

More info and how to submit your photos

 

 

 

 

SCOPEOUT 2016

 

September 10, from Noon-11pm

Our annual all-day, all night telescope fest. This year we're happy to host world-renowned author Dava Sobel 

ScopeOut Schedule

 

 

Mission & Vision
VENUS MEETS JUPITER
2017 Calendar Photo Contest
ScopeOut 2016

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