Toledo Astronomical Association
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Library Telescope Program
the early 2000's the lending of telescopes by libraries began to
emerge, most prominently by the efforts of the New Hampshire
Astronomical Society (nhastro.com). By 2015 their program has placed
approx 100 telescopes at libraries across New Hampshire for lending to
the general, inexperienced, public. Libraries in Maine, Michigan,
Missouri and California are now running a lending program.
early 2016, the Toledo Astronomical Assn joined that movement through
the purchase of four beginner style telescopes. The TAA
initially funded by the sale of a club asset, namely the Fecker
telescope. These beginner telescopes will be donated,
two each, to the the Toledo-Lucas County Library and Way Library
(Perrysburg). We anticipate being able to purchase and donate more
telescopes in the future as well as accept donations from our members
and the general public specifically for telescope purchases and
matching purchases made by the recipient libraries or their patrons as
well. Persons interested in purchasing a telescope for
to a library may do so by using a PayPal link on our Donations page. Donors names
will be added to a label on the telescope.
order to make these telescopes easier for novices to use and to keep
them more reliable, several small modification are made to each scope.
TAA will follow the NHAS program, in fact, we will copy their program
precisely as they invite other organizations to do. The telescope used
is an Orion 4.5" Star Blast telescope. It is a table-top
Dobsonian with a 1.25" focuser. The modifications include; replacing
the standard eyepieces
with a single zoom eyepiece, replacing the cell adjusting knobs with
bolts, and adding labels containing safety and usage information.
A constellation guide book and a customized instruction book
be added to the scopes. TAA members will have opportunities
participate in the prep work for these scopes. TAA members will assist
the libraries with ongoing technical support.
Instructional Videos from New
Hampshire Astronomical Society.
Orion 4.5" Star Blast
Modified for lending use
property of the Orion
Image "stolen" from
NHAS web site
Telescope and Binocular Co.
acknowledges the assistance of the Orion
Telescope and Binocular Co (telescope.com) for
their help with this program and the New Hampshire Astronomical Society
for allowing us to copy and use their LTP materials.
For more information about the TAA LTP program please contact the email
address listed on our contact page (link is above).