Cincinnati Observatory

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The Cincinnati Observatory Center is the oldest observatory in the

United States, and is on the National Historic Register. We boast a

12-inch Alvan Clark refractor and a 16-inch Merz und Mahler refractor.

The Center is rich with astronomical and U.S. history. In 1843

President John Quincy Adams traveled by stagecoach from Washington D.C.

to dedicate the original observatory. At the time of its installation in

1845, the Alvan Clark instrument was the largest refractor in the world.

The original mahogany tube and fittings have been completely and

accurately restored. The 16-inch scope travels on its original

mechanical clock drive. The buildings housing the scopes are supreme

examples of Hannaford architecture. The Center is truly the birthplace

of American Astronomy.

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Cincinnati Observatory
very lucky to have locally. really enjoy visits & telescope observing. northern kentucky resident. amateur astronomer.

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Cincinnati Observatory
The site is great! It has lots of good information about the local astronomy club. Thanks

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