Cincinnati Observatory Astronomy Workshop

Cincinnati, OH
15 Explorer Chicks
1/2 Day


Learn the secrets of the stars in a historic building with its own stories to tell! Join Explorer Chick for our exclusive Cincinnati Observatory astronomy workshop. The workshops are hosted by Dean Regas. Dean is an astronomer, public speaker, television host and author of 100 Things to See in the Night Sky. Get in that late-day caffeine kick so you can enjoy:

  • Learning how to identify stars, constellations, and planets—as well as viewing tips for observing the moon
  • A small group, hands-on class in the iconic Cincinnati Observatory
  • Viewings through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)
  • Our exclusive and private women-only event

Cincinnati Observatory Astronomy Workshop Series

Totally “star-struck” and want to learn as much as possible? We have a whole series of classes keeping you captivated and looking up!

The Marvelous Moon

October 26, 2020

In this astronomy workshop, explore our nearest neighbor in space: the moon. We will discuss moon missions, phases, features, and eclipses and then look at the moon up close through telescopes.

The Fall Sky

November 11, 2020

The fall months are the perfect time to slow down, kick back, and take in the stars. This astronomy workshop will teach you how to identify the major stars and constellations of the season.

The Winter Sky

January 25, 2021

Learn how to identify the stars and constellations of the winter sky.  If the skies are clear we will also get outside and see the real thing with a guided stargaze.


February 17, 2021 

The Cincinnati Observatory has the oldest telescope in the United States.  In this special program we will explore how telescopes work, show examples of telescope you can get, and (weather permitting) view the night sky with a variety of telescopes.

The History of the Cincinnati Observatory

The Cincinnati Observatory is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy.”  It houses one of the oldest working telescopes and was the first public observatory in the western hemisphere. Recently restored to its original beauty, it is a fully functioning 19th-century observatory. The main telescopes are an 11-inch Merz and Mahler refractor purchased in 1842, and a 16-inch Alvan Clark and Sons refractor from 1904.

In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a vision. Mitchel began moving forward on this idea by raising money for a telescope and the observatory building. He went door-to-door soliciting $25 a piece to invest in this new endeavor. (In 1842 that was the equivalent to an average monthly salary!) Contributions came from all walks of life and every trade. In just six weeks, Mitchel raised nearly $7,500—enough to start shopping around for a proper telescope in England and Europe. Mitchel began to grow the country’s first public observatory with the world’s second-largest telescope, nicknamed “The People’s Telescope”. Since then, eight generations of Cincinnatians have been able to look through the old telescope and experience the wonders of the universe.  🔭

  • All equipment provided
  • Small-group hands-on Astronomy Class

*Explorer Chick and its partners reserve the option to modify trip itineraries at their discretion as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.


  • Check-in Time: 15 minutes prior to the start time
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Women-Only, 21+
  • Free Parking on site


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Cincinnati Observatory

3489 Observatory Place

Cincinnati, OH 45208

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