Cincinnati Observatory 175th Anniversary Special Event

Time : Friday Nov 9th 18:00EST  – Sunday Nov 11th 23:59EST

Bands : HF

Mode : All Modes

Call Sign : K8SCH


We will be transmitting from The Observatory site Nov 9th 6-9PM

About the Cincinnati Observatory Center:

One of the oldest observatories in the western hemisphere, the Cincinnati Observatory Center is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy.” In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel began collection funds to purchase a telescope and building to house it. The people of Cincinnati were generous and he was able to purchase an 11-inch Merz and Mahler refractor, which is still in use today, and erect a building to house it. The original observatory building was built on 4 acres of land donated by Nicholas Longworth on Mount Ida, a prominent hill overlooking Cincinnati from the east. On November 9th, 1843, former president John Quincy Adams presided over the dedication of “The Lighthouse of the Sky” and helped lay the corner stone. In honor of this final speech by President Adams, Mount Ida was renamed to Mount Adams, as it is known today.

The Observatory has since moved further east to a hill in the Mount Lookout neighborhood of Cincinnati due to air pollution from the city basin and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The original 11-inch Merz and Mahler refactor telescope is still in use and available to the public. While bigger, more advanced telescopes are making the big astronomical discoveries today, the Cincinnati Observatory Center hopes to further astronomy education and inspires astronomers of tomorrow.



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