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For information on the very latest programs and classes at the Cincinnati Observatory Center click here.

Also be sure to check for regional science & nature events.

Educational Outreach & Group Presentations!
You decide, we'll be your guide.

Groups, scheduled daytime and evenings. School groups (K-12 & above), scouts, church groups, civic groups and clubs, everyone!

For more information visit our Education page or contact COC Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas at the Observatory (513-321-5186) or

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Astronomy Fridays
Come see the stars at your local Observatory!

The Cincinnati Observatory is open on most Thursday and Fridays nights throughout the year. 

Each event includes a 30-40 minute presentation by a local astronomer on one of the many fascinating topics in astronomy followed by a guided stargaze through the oldest telescope in the United States – an 11” wood and brass refractor dating back to 1842 (weather permitting).  We observe a variety of objects including the Moon, planets, double stars, nebulas, and the occasional comet. 

If cloudy, you'll be escorted on a historical tour of the observatory, where you’ll see not only how the old telescope works but also the “new” one – a 22-foot long, 16” metal refractor made in 1904.  You'll also learn about the role that Cincinnati has played in the growth of astronomy in the United States.

  • Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person.
  • Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
  • Reservations are required for all evenings.
  • These occur every Thursday and Friday throughout the year except the 1st Thursday and Friday of each month (members’ nights)
  • Astronomy evenings often book up one week in advance, so register soon.

Register online or call 513-321-5186 for start times and reservations.

Programs are held rain or shine. You never know about the weather in Cincinnati and it does not have to be a completely clear night to permit viewing.  If the weather does not allow viewing, the presenters will offer an extended questions & answer session, tours of the two wonderful observatory buildings and show off our two magnificent telescopes. All will just whet your appetite for a return visit!

Sunday Historical Tours of the Observatory Center!
MitchelLibrarySept2006bExpanded historical tours of the Cincinnati Observatory run from 1-4pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons. A $5 donation per person is appreciated.

From its inception in 1842, the Cincinnati Observatory has served Cincinnati, and the nation, in a wide variety of ways.

Learn how Mt. Adams got its name; the role the Observatory played in Cincinnati's commerce, the scientific discoveries, and the beginnings of the National Weather Service.

Explore the history of the observatory's architecture and the citizens of Cincinnati who made the observatory possible. A great many of the names will be familiar to you, others may surprise you.

Please call the Observatory (513-321-5186) for more information.

FOTO Public Star Gazes at Stonelick Lake!
An excellent opportunity to learn about the night sky and astronomical telescopes. Unless otherwise noted, all observing events will be at Stonelick Lake State Park, northeast of Milford, Ohio. 

FOTO volunteers have been setting up their telescopes and binoculars around dusk, but there are grills, picnic tables, and a beach nearby if you'd like to arrive early, or make a day of it.

Free. For updates or information call Scott Naylor at 513-575-5556 or the Observatory 513-321-5186.

Click here for the complete schedule and a map to Stonelick Lake.

A benefit of Family Memberships and above.

Monthly astronomy clubs for kids 6-9 and 10-15+ years of age (and their parents!) who have a deeper interest in astronomy and are available to attend regular monthly evening meetings. Both clubs meet simultaneously; meeting times change with the seasons.

For more information, contact Dean Regas (FOTO-Kids) at 513-321-5186 or email

UC Communiversity Classes!
Your Path to Lifelong Learning

Join people with similar interests as you broaden your horizons, develop a new talent or interest, or acquire skills designed to help you succeed. Classes are noncredit, short term, affordable, informal, and pressure free (no exams or homework).Hundreds of classes are offered year-round.

Offered through the University of Cincinnati, classes are taught by the COC Astronomy staff and held at the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

For course information and to register, please call UC Communiversity 513-556-6932 or visit UC's Communiversity website.









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