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Enrich your life with UC Continuing Education's exciting array of noncredit short, yet in-depth courses and educational opportunities designed for diverse audiences of all ages.

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UC Communiversity offers a wide variety of hands-on personal enrichment and professional development courses (adults of all ages).

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Behind the Scenes at the Observatory

Wednesday February 13 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.

Instructor is: John Ventre, the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory.

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Stargazing 101

Wednesday February 27 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Constellations change in the heavens from season to season. In this class you will study the imaginative figures we call constellations. Learn to use a planisphere to find any constellation at any given time and date. If the weather is clear, we will go outside to find many of the brighter constellations; and you will also have the option of looking through the observatory telescope.
Instructor is: Dean Regas, the outreach astronomer with the Cincinnati Observatory.

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Tour of the Universe

Wednesday March 6 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Explore space from the Earth and beyond! Fly past the moon, the planets, the stars, and galaxies to the edge of what is known. Bring your questions about the Cosmos, and our Observatory Scientist will answer as many as he can. View through the oldest operational telescope in the country, weather permitting.  Ad Astra!

Instructor is: Aaron Eiben, a long-time Presenter at the Cincinnati Observatory with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati.

Behind the Scenes at the Observatory

Wednesday February 13 from 7-9pm
$35.00

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Behind the Scenes at the Observatory

Tuesday May 14 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.

Instructor is: John Ventre, the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory.

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From Attic to Cellar

Monday May 20 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Dating back to the 1840's, the Cincinnati Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical observatories in the country. As such, it is a treasure-trove of telescopes and related scientific instruments, apparatus, hand-written records, and publications. Here is your rare opportunity to experience, in person, antique telescopes, exquisite clocks, sundials, quadrants, astrolabes, chronographs, and on and on, -- and learn how they were used throughout the decades and centuries. 

About Your Instructors
R. A. Davis, Ph.D., is in charge of the museum collection at the Cincinnati Observatory and is a member of the Board of Trustees there.  He is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Geology at Mount St. Joseph University and a former, long-time curator at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.
John Ventre is the Historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center and is a member of the Board of Trustees there.

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Binocular Astronomy

Wednesday May 29 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Sure, binoculars aren't exactly the Hubble Space Telescope, but they are actually quite capable astronomical instruments that provide a unique and refreshing view of the Celestial Heavens. When both of your eyes get involved with seeing, a synergy takes place in your brain that enhances the image beyond what a single retina can deliver.  They are easy to use, highly portable, require little maintenance and come in a great variety of designs and price ranges.

In this age or rampant light pollutuion, binoculars can provide the extra edge necessary to see beyond the few hundred stars (at best) offered by 21st century urban skies to see some of the wonders of skies from decades past.  Even common binoculars will reveal the constellations more intimately, the phases of Venus or the moons of Jupiter.  There are even dozens of deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and such) visible in expensive binoculars.

Large or small, name brand or not, bring along your binoculars; we might actulayy be able to do some viewing if the weatherman permits.  If you are in the market for binoculars and would like to find out what kind would be most practical for you, come join the party.  And, oh, by the way, we'll talk quite a bit about the sky as well!  There's a lot more up there than you might realize!

About Your Instructor

Dave Bosse is an Instructor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching there for 40 years.

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How to Use Your Telescope

Tuesday June 4 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Do you have a telescope sitting in the closet or over in the corner and you would love to use it if you only knew how?  Do the dials and knobs leave you mystified? Intimidated? Which end do you look through? There is all of these various pieces that do what? Perhaps you know how your telescope works (sort of), but you’re not sure what to do with it.  You say you can find the Moon, but beyond that the telescope just won’t cooperate.  Fear not!  The answers are all here.

However much you know or don’t know about YOUR telescope, I guarantee you will leave with enough knowledge to take on your scope, one-on-one, and come out victorious.  We start with the sky, and end with your eye.  Your telescope will forever be your friend (until you get a bigger friend!).  Bring your telescope along, cardboard spyglass or Hubble wannabe, and we’ll make this a hands-on learning experience.  By the way, if you don’t have a telescope, but want to find out what kind of telescope you might want to purchase, come join the party.  You will also come away confident in your future purchase decision.

About Your Instructor

Dave Bosse is an Instructor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching at U.C for over 40 years.  An avid amateur astronomer since the 1960’s, Mr. Bosse has experience with hundreds of telescopes of every conceivable design.

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