The Cincinnati Observatory is celebrating an anniversary this weekend. It was 168 years ago that a prominent Cincinnatian made the city the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."
Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel must have been a pretty convincing guy. In the mid-1800s he went door to door to collect 25 dollar donations for a telescope and observatory. Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas tells the story.
Dean Regas is the Outreach Astronomer for The Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Lookout. The observatory is home to, among other things, the oldest telescope in the United States which is still in use on a daily basis.