Public Events

Intro to Astronomy

A Short-Course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday August 3, 10, and 17 from 8-10pm

Want to learn about the universe, but don’t know where to begin?  This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.

Led by astronomer and co-host of PBS’ Star Gazer, Dean Regas, this course will show you the stars.  You will learn how to identify stars, constellations, and planets as well as viewing tips for the Moon.  Each night includes viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting).   

Cost:   $50 for the series
            $40 for Observatory members

Sign Up Online  or call 513-321-5186.

Starlit Picnic

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday August 13, from 7-10pm

This is the opportunity for a romantic picnic like no other!

There are few places in the Tri-state as picturesque for a picnic as the Cincinnati Observatory. You’re invited to dine outdoors with us and take in a sunset, listen to heavenly music as the Moon rises, and then have dessert under the stars.

Plus a special performance by Jake Speed and the Freddies!

You bring your blanket, food and drinks, and we’ll take you on a tour of our historic buildings. And if the weather is clear, we’ll show you the stars.

Cost: $30 per person (which benefits the Cincinnati Observatory’s outreach education programs)

Ages 21 and up.
Reservations are required.
Sign up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Topics in Astronomy

Classes at the Cincinnati Observatory

These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up!     

Tuesday August 9:          Meteor Showers          (8pm)
            We'll get you ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower and showcase meteorites

Tuesday Sept. 13:           The History of the Telescope   (8pm)
            From the earliest scopes to the latest, we'll see how they changed our view of the cosmos

Astronomer Dean Regas leads these classes and will also be your guide to the stars and planets of the season and point them out with you in the real sky with the Observatory telescopes (weather permitting).

   Cost per class:      $15 per person
                                   $12 for Observatory members

Sign Up Online or Call 513-321-5186.

The Horesehead Nebula

Astrophotography Workshop

August 5, 6, and 7, 2016

Astrophotography in Cincinnati can be challenging. Severe light pollution, frequent cloudy nights, high humidity and smog conspire to limit the opportunities to obtain excellent images. Remote imaging allows access to clear dark skies and excellent astrophotography equipment, in many locations including Northern and Southern Hemisphere sites.

But how does it all work? The Cincinnati Observatory Center's 2016 Remote Imaging Astrophotography Workshops will provide you the opportunity to learn how remote imaging works, how you collect imaging data and how to turn that data into fantastic images of our universe all from your living room computer.

The cost for the workshop is $100.00 for Observatory members or $165.00 for non-member. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and we need at least 10 participants for each workshop to take place, so please Sign-Up early.

For more information,the agenda and software requirements download the syllabus (pdf).


UC CubeCats Heading to Space!

Saturday August 20th 6:30pm

The Observatory is collaborating with UC CubeCats, a student organization based out of the University of Cincinnati. Their mission is to educate students about spacecraft through the design and construction of high altitude balloons and CubeSats (a type of nanosatellite). They are currently working on designing the payloads for their CubeSat missions.

On Saturday August 20th they are hosting an open house at the Observatory so you can learn more about their amazing projects. There will be great food, and short presentations given by CubeCats members describing each of the current payloads they are working on. After the presentations, learn more about UC CubeCats and enjoy all the Observatory has to offer!

No Reservations needed.
Call 513-321-5186 for more info.

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2016 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events for 2016?
Astronomers always look to the future, and if you're a planner too, add these events on your calendar.

Aug. 13:        Starlit Picnic

Aug 20:           UC CubeCats Open House

Sept. 10:        ScopeOut Astronomy Fest

Sept. 24:       Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct. 15:          Supermoon!

Nov. 5:           Meet a Meteorite

Dec. 2:           Venus Day

We're getting ready for 2017 with more very special events.