New Vistas in Astronomy Lecture Series

If you have ever looked up at the stars and marveled at the vastness and beauty of the Universe, then "New Vistas in Astronomy" is for you.

Since 1997, this mini-course in Astronomy given central Ohioan an opportunity to hear about a range of topics from the history of astronomy to the latest discoveries by astronomers, and to observe a variety of celestial objects with the 32-inch Schottland reflecting telescope. The lectures are presented by professors and researchers at the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy.

All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory near Delaware Ohio. Admission is by subscription only.

Program Schedule for 2018

January 18

News from the Cosmic Microwave Background

David Weinberg

February 8

The Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope: Hot Planets Around Hot Stars

Scott Gaudi

March 8


Chris Kochanek

April 12


Michael Stamatikos

May 10

Fundamental Physics from Sky Surveys

Paul Martini

June 14

Neutrino Astronomy Made Easy

John Beacom 

July 12


Robert Harmon, OWU

August 9


Chris Hirata

September 13

A Bright Vision for Dark Matter

Annika Peter

October 11

Adding up the Light Elements in Nearby Galaxies

Richard Pogge

November 8

The Golden Path: Formation of the Heavy Elements

Jennifer Johnson

December 13

The Bigger Better Space Telescope

Brad Peterson


Programs and presenters may change without notice due to unanticipated unavailability of the previously scheduled presenter.

Subscription Information

Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by subscription only. All proceeds benefit the operation of the non-profit Perkins Observatory. For more information, please contact

Perkins Observatory
P.O. Box 449
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 740 363 1257

Programs include views of various celestial objects through the main observatory telescope, weather permitting.

These programs are designed primarily for an adult audience; however children 8 years of age or older will be admitted provided that each child is accompanied by an adult.

Programs will be held rain or shine, so refunds on tickets are not possible, and single-night tickets are only for the date specified.

Directions to Perkins

The Perkins Observatory is located on U.S. Route 23, four miles south of Delaware and 12 miles north of the I-270 Columbus beltway. The Perkins driveway is on the left if you are driving south on Rt. 23, and on the right if you are driving north.