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Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati

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The Cincinnati Observatory is located in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) on top of Mt. Lookout. It consists of two observatory buildings housing an 11 inch (28 cm) and 16 inch (41 cm) aperture refracting telescope. It is the oldest professional observatory in the United States. It was a key facility for astronomical research and education at the University of Cincinnati and currently operates as a 19th-century observatory. There are regular viewings through both historical telescopes as well as tours and additional programs. The observatory also has an extensive outreach program, providing astronomical education for the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana region.The Cincinnati Observatory is a contributing property to the Observatory Historic District.HistoryCincinnati Observatory was built by Ormsby M. Mitchel at the peak of Mount Ida, a hill that overlooks downtown Cincinnati. Nicholas Longworth donated 4acre of land for the purpose. The Holy Cross Monastery and Chapel stands today at the site. The cornerstone was laid on November 9, 1843, and presiding over the occasion was former President John Quincy Adams, with an introduction by Judge Jacob Burnet. At 77 years old, it was to be his last public speech, and Mount Ida was renamed to Mount Adams in his honor.
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  • If you like science, you´ll love the observatory. Beautiful location, very calm. Would recommend very highly.  more »
  • We booked online, received confirmation quickly, then paid on arrival just inside the door of the smaller building. Excellent presenters were very knowledgeable and engaging. Everyone's interest in ou...  more »
  • We visited the Cincinnati Observatory this afternoon. It sits at the end of a quiet Cul-de-sac atop of Mt. Lookout. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to view the sun thr...  more »
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  • Neat historical facility, friendly/funny and very knowledgeable staff and volunteers made for a great experience.
  • Historic place with a knowledgeable staff. Make sure you check their website or call before heading there.
  • this really is a must-do for families in the cincinatti area. Take a guided tour and then sign up to be part of the astronomy club
  • Great guides, history was amazing. Can't wait to come back at night and use one of the telescopes.
  • Great historical landmark that satisfied my techie side!