Public Events

Stonelick Star Gazers

Ohio's Stonelick State Park hosts The Friends of the Observatory's Dark Sky Viewing Site. The park is situated far enough from light polluted suburbs to allow dark skies, yet close enough to the Cincinnati Metro area to attract hundreds of interested star gazers throughout the year. On Saturday's, near the New Moon, amateur astronomers set up a variety of telescopes inviting the public to view the wonders of the night sky. The events are free and open to the public.

This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good opportunity to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as help you with your personal telescope.

Free stargazes at Stonelick State Park are held only if the skies are clear.

The last dates in 2018 are December 1 and 8

Updates are posted on the Stonelick Star Gazers Facebook page.

Throughout the year we also hold many special stargazes and programs. For more information visit our Facebook page, email Dean Regas at dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org or call the Observatory at 513-321-5186.

2019 Schedule - Saturday Nights

  • Jan 5
  • Jan 12
  • Feb 2
  • Feb 9
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • April 6
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 27
  • Aug 3
  • Aug 24
  • Aug 31
  • Sep 21
  • Sep 28
  • Oct 26
  • Nov 2
  • Nov 23
  • Dec 21
  • Dec 28

Printable 2019 Stonelick Stargazes Schedule (PDF)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take Columbia Parkway (US 50) east through Milford.
  • Turn left on SR-131 and go past Pleasant Hill, Buckwheat, and SR-132.
  • Turn left on to SR-727 (about 2 miles past 132) toward Stonelick Lake State Park.
  • Turn right at the Park entrance and go toward the Beach.

Click here for driving directions.

 We set up in the parking lot just before the swimming beach main lot.

When: We set up around dusk. There are picnic areas, the lake and swim beach to enjoy if you'd like to arrive early and enjoy all the park has to offer. www.dnr.state.oh.us/

Weather: All Stargazes are Weather Dependent.
For more information call the Observatory 513 321-5186
Updates are posted on Facebook / Stonelick Stargazers

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR DEER

Coordinates For Stonelick Parking Lot:
39.217 North Latitude  - 84.085 West Longitude