Gaze the galaxies, count the craters on the moon, and enjoy an entertaining, educational astronomy lesson along with an historical tour of this unique observatory built in 1923. The observatory is one man’s dream, funded by income from raising pigs to feed the Union Army. The observatory’s 32″ mirror is the second largest telescope in the state. Even when Ohio skies fail to cooperate for the best possible star gazing, the Perkins experience is one not to miss. Public programs are most Friday nights except during those very long summer evenings when the sun sets too late for good viewing. Designated Saturday afternoons in July will be Celebration of the Sun and there are some holiday weekend programs also. Group tours and programs also can be arranged. Lodging facilities are conveniently located nearby. Call or check the website for hours and program times.