Public Events

Celestial Sips for the Summer Solstice

Saturday June 25
8:00pm – 10:30pm

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at this unique wine tasting event. We’ll feature four delicious wines for your enjoyment, and this year we are adding a bourbon tasting to the evening’s festivities.

As you sip and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, we’ll offer tours of our historic buildings and, if clear, see Jupiter and Mars through the oldest public telescope still in use in the Western Hemisphere.

This event benefits the Observatory and our programs, which reach over 26,000 people annually.
$60 per person / $50 for Observatory Members

Or step up to our Premium Ticket:
All the Above Plus:
Complimentary valet parking
Limited edition set of etched Observatory logo wine glasses
Premium champagne beverage
Limited availability bourbon tasting opportunity
$100 per person / $90 for Observatory Members

Must be 21 or older.
Reservations required.
Sign Up Online or call 513.321.5186 for more information.

Sun-day Sunday Sundae

Sunday June 26 and July 24, from 1-4pm

The Sun is the star attraction on these Sundays and you can learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor.  Sun-day Sunday Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from our 1845 telescope (weather permitting). 

As a special treat we will also have free sundaes for those in attendance.

No reservations needed. 
Free Admission thanks to Duke Energy Foundation
For more information please call 513-321-5186

Late Night, Date Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Saturday July 2 and 16, From 10:30 pm-Midnight

Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use the oldest big telescope in the U.S. to view Mars and Saturn and other astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of the next season’s planets and stars a month or two ahead of everyone else.

If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun showing you around the universe at behind the scenes at the Observatory.

Admission is $20 per person

Space is limited.  Adults only. Sign up Online or

Call 513-321-5186 to RSVP.


Saturday July 9, from 9-11pm

The lord of the rings shines in prime time!

The magnificent planet, most breathtaking object in the universe – Saturn - takes center stage at the Cincinnati Observatory for Saturnday. 

There will be viewing of Saturn through the telescopes (weather permitting), running talks, and tours of the buildings.  If clear, we will show you the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter as well through portable telescopes.   

No reservations needed. 
Cost: $7 per person.
Great for all ages.  For more information please 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 July 12:             Along the Milky Way   (8pm)
            Explore your galaxy and the highlights of the summer sky

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.

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.

June 25:         Celestial Sips Wine Tasting 

June 26:        Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 9:            Saturnday

July 20:         Grandparents' Night

July 24:          Sunday Sun-day Sundae

Aug. 13:        Starlit Picnic

Sept. 10:        ScopeOut Astronomy Fest

Sept. 24:       Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct. 15:          Supermoon!

Nov. 5:           Meet a Meteorite

Dec. 2:           Venus Day

The Horesehead Nebula

Remote Imaging 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).