Cincinnati Observatory Center

Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
(513) 321-5186
Email: craig@cincinnatiobservatory.org

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Main Observatory Building of the Cincinnati Observatory Center

The Cincinnati Observatory Center is the oldest operating professional observatory in the United States. Operating since 1842, the observatory is a National Historic Landmark and houses two historic telescopes. The 1842 12-inch Merz und Mahler is possibly the oldest continually-used telescope in the world and is the oldest professional telescope in the Western Hemisphere still in use. It is used for most of their public star gazes.

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Alvan Clark and Sons: 16-inch Refractor, ca. 1904

Their “new” scope is the 16-inch 1904 Alvan Clark & Sons refractor — which provides wonderful views of the planets and the moon — and tracks with a weight-driven mechanical clock drive.

Photo: Mitchel Observatory of the Cincinnati Observatory Center. Photo by James Guilford

Mitchel Observatory of the Cincinnati Observatory Center

For more information about the Observatory, including an extensive history, historic tours, public and private star gazing, facility rental and special events, contact the observatory by email or visit their Web site.

Photo: Merz and Mahler 11-inch Refractor. Ca. 1843. Photo by James Guilford

Merz and Mahler 11-inch Refractor. Ca. 1843 – Oldest operating professional telescope in the Western Hemisphere.

 

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