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Future Galileos

Future Galileos

Seeking Applications

The Cincinnati Observatory announces a bold program to award 20 quality telescopes and training for 20 individuals or teams to become astronomy ambassadors and further astronomy education in the Cincinnati area.


2009-2012, the Cincinnati Observatory awarded 100 telescopes to 100 individuals, teams, and organizations in the Tristate.  The goal was to engage the public with programming centered around the telescopes and increase astronomy education in the region.  This program called, “Future Galileos,” was a tremendous success delivering over 750 star gazes and reaching over 33,000 people.

The Observatory is bringing back Future Galileos for 2021 and is seeking new and innovative projects.  20 projects will be selected and 20 quality telescopes will be awarded.

Our hope is that this distribution of 20 high grade telescopes across our community will celebrate and bring recognition to these individual’s astronomical/scientific achievement. Accordingly, we anticipate raising the interest level of our community regarding the importance of science programs to our national interest and multiply the reach of astronomy education throughout the community. These telescopes will make a lasting impact and ignite scientific curiosities for the next generation.

Telescope Building

Rules and Schedule

Submit an application between April 18-May 31, 2021.  Anyone 16 years of age and older who live in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana may apply.  Applications may be submitted by individuals, teams, or organizations. 

You must include a detailed innovative plan to use the telescope to further the reach of astronomy education in their community, and an essay on what astronomy means to them.  

Your application will be judged on a balance of academic merit and intended use of the telescope to further astronomy education.  Special consideration will be given to those who will reach a large and diverse audience or that meet a demand from the community.  

You must also agree to attend at least three, in-person telescope training sessions at the Observatory during the summer, and deliver at least three programs before being awarded the telescope. 

20 winners will be selected in June. The telescopes will be formally awarded to graduates who fulfill their project this fall.

Pat Eastin

The Telescopes

Winners will received training from local experts on how to use the telescopes and share them with the public.  They will receive:

• Orion XT8 Telescope and eyepieces

• Solar filter for safe solar viewing

• Astronomy books and star charts


If you have any questions please contact:

Dean Regas

Cincinnati Observatory Astronomer


Click Here to Download the Application Form