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First Light Open House

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First Light Open House

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Apr 14, 2024
12:00 pm
The 1845 Mitchel Telescope

Mitchel Telescope First Light Open House

On April 14, 1845, in the gray of a lingering twilight, Observatory founder Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel took his first look through the Great Cincinnati Telescope, the 3rd largest in the World.  He saw the Moon, "her mountain heights, her rocky precipices and her dells", Jupiter, "globe of surpassing splendor", the Saturnian system, "the mind over whelmed in wonder and astonishment."  


Join us to celebrate the telescopes’s birthday and look through the 179-year-old telescope at the Sun (weather permitting). Event also includes a telescope sale with used telescopes, eyepieces, and other viewing equipment.

It's an Open House style event so no reigstration is needed. Come for an hour stay for two!

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