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View of the Milky Way with amateur astronomers setting up telescopes

Stonelick Star Gazers

Free Events At Stonelick State Park

Ohio's Stonelick State Park hosts regular Cincinnati Observatory's viewing events. 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 Saturdays, near the New Moon, members of our Friends of the Observatory (FOTO) amateur astronomers group 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.  No reservations or telescope required.

This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. FOTO members and the other amateur astronomers at Stonelick 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.  Updates are posted on the Stonelick Star Gazers Facebook Page The general rule is, if you can't see stars in your sky, it is canceled, but if you can see stars on Stonelick nights, then it is on!

To help preserve night vision, please do not use flashlights or phones around the telescopes.  Red lights only, please.

For more information, email Dean Regas at dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org or call the Observatory at 513-321-5186.

Upcoming Public Nights in 2022-2023

Beginning right after sunset

November 26

December 17

January 14, 2023

January 21

 

Click Here for a Downloadable Info Sheet With All the Upcoming Dates

COVID-19 Information for Visitors to Stonelick

Since Stonelick State Park is a state of Ohio facility please follow these protocols set forth by the State of Ohio to minimize the risk of transmission.

Please maintain social distancing between yourself and other participants when not viewing through the telescopes. 

Please practice cleanliness by washing your hands when possible and bringing hand sanitizer with you.

Please stay home if you feel unwell or display symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Directions from Cincinnati

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

Where: 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 the Stonelick Star Gazers Facebook Page

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR DEER

Coordinates For Stonelick Parking Lot:
39.2189 North Latitude  - 84.0768 West Longitude

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