Astronomy Fridays

We will not be having any programs in February due to historic renovations.

But we hope to return to nighttime programming soon.


COVID-19 restrictions limit each group size to 14 people.

The program is geared for ages 9 and up and includes stargazing.

Each event includes a tour of the historic buildings and telescope followed by a guided stargaze through the oldest telescope in the United States – a 16-foot long wood and brass refractor first used in 1845 (weather permitting).  If clear, we can observe a variety of objects including the Moon, planets, and stars.

If too cloudy for viewing, you'll get 30 minute talk by a local astronomer on one of the many fascinating things in the universe.

Admission: $10/adult, $5/child, Free for Observatory Members

Reservations and payment are required in advance.

We unfortunately cannot accept drop-ins at this time. 

Space is limited to 14 visitors per program as we will follow COVID-19 safety procedures.

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

To better protect the health and safety of our staff and guests, we will ensure the following practices are followed.  We are following all protocols set forth by the State of Ohio to minimize the risk of transmission.

  1. Face Masks: Face masks or coverings are required by visitors, volunteers, and staff during the programs.  Masks will be provided if you need one. 

  2. Social Distancing: We will follow social distancing guidelines while inside and outside the Observatory by maintaining a six-foot distance between staff and visitors during our programs. 

  3. Encourage cleanliness: We will clean the public areas, equipment, and exhibits before and after each program and have hand sanitizer available in each building for visitors and staff. 

  4. Limiting numbers: We will follow the State of Ohio guidelines to keep group sizes limited to 14 guests.

  5. Staying home when necessary: Please stay home if you feel unwell or display symptoms associated with COVID-19.