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FOTO 2010 Dark Sky Observing

DSSMapOhio's Stonelick Lake State Park hosts The Friends of the Observatory's Dark Sky Viewing Site. The park is situated far enough from light polluted suburbs to allow dark skies, yet close enough to the Cincinnati Metro area to attract hundreds of interested star gazers throughout the year. On Saturday's, near the New Moon, amateur astronomers set up a variety of telescopes inviting the public to view the wonders of the night sky. The event is free and open to the public.

This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good opportunity to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Throughout the year we also hold special event stargazes. Updates are posted on the Observatory website: Click here.

Programs at Stonelick occur only if clear.

For updates or information email Scott Naylor at scottnaylor@cinci.rr.com or call the Observatory at 513-321-5186

Saturday Night

  • January 3rd, 4th - Quadrantids Meteor Shower.
  • January 9th
  • January 15th - Annular Solar Eclipse (Africa ~ China)
  • January 16th
  • January 29th - Mars at Opposition.
  • February 13th & 20th
  • March 20th - Vernal Equinox
  • March 13th & 20th
  • March 22nd - Saturn at Opposition.
  • April 10th & 17th
  • April 21st, 22nd - Lyrids Meteor Shower.
  • May 5th, 6th - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
  • May 8th & 15th
  • June 5th & 12th
  • June 21st - Summer Solstice
  • June 26th - Partial Lunar Eclipse (Pacific Ocean)
  • July 10th
  • July 11th – Total Solar Eclipse (Pacific Ocean)
  • July 17th
  • August 7th
  • August 12th, 13th - Perseids Meteor Shower.
  • August 14th
  • September 4th & 11th
  • October 2nd, 9th & 30th
  • November 6th & 27th
  • December 4th

FOTO 2010 DSS Schedule pdf download

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take Columbia Parkway (US 50) east through Milford.
  • Turn left on SR-131 and go past Pleasant Hill, Buckwheat, and SR-132. Look for a tractor dealer on your right (about 2 miles past 132)
  • Turn left on to SR-727 toward Stonelick Lake State Park.
  • Turn right at the Park entrance and go toward the Beach.

We set up in the parking lot just before the swimming beach main lot.

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR DEER

Coordinates For Stonelick Parking Lot:
39.217 North Latitude  - 84.085 West Longitude

FOTO 2010 DSS Schedule pdf download

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