Our Goal

To help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery

 

Easy-to-use telescope

What the Public Says

"I checked out a telescope...last night and was able to view Saturn with its rings.  It is an amazing life event to see those rings.  The telescope was amazing, in that it was very sophisticated, but extremely easy to use.  Especially difficult for telescopes, is lining up the spotting scope on the object and having that line up with the main telescope lens, and these telescopes are fabulous and easy for aligning."

 Jim I., St. Louis

The Concept

The library telescope program places telescopes in local public libraries instead of just schools, allowing greater general access to the scope since they can be put into circulation just as a book.

Where applicable, a local Club member acts as a foster parent to the scope. He or she will periodically clean and adjust the telescope, and act as a local astronomical resource to the library patrons. Additionally, a library member or student from a local school could be engaged as an apprentice astronomer to provide needed care to the scope.

The Telescope

Library Telescope

The library telescope lending program uses the Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope along with a zoom eye piece and supportive material. The telescope is easy to use and is robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common "beginners" telescopes. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer. This is a quality instrument, reviewed by a number of astronomical publications and found quite worthy.

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