Anatomy of a Telescope
Monday, July 16, 2012
6 pm - 8 pm
Oshtemo Branch Library
Learn how to explore the night sky.
Join members of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society for an outdoor observation of the night skies and a demonstration of various telescopes. Weather permitting.
Kalamazoo Public Library Telescope program
Through the generous support of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, the Kalamazoo Public Library is pleased to offer a circulating telescope. The telescope kit includes an Orion StarBlast 4.5” Astro telescope and everything you need to observe the skies, including a simple instruction manual and star maps. The telescope can be checked out at and returned to the Oshtemo Branch Library. The telescope can be checked out for a period of two weeks, and may be renewed if there are no holds.
In order to borrow the telescope, you must:
- -be 18 years old with a valid license
- -be a Kalamazoo resident borrower in good standing
- -sign a borrowing agreement that acknowledges your responsibility for replacement/damage costs
Telescope Kit costs:
- -Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Telescope: $199.95
- -Orion Mini Pro Cleaning Tool: $9.99
- -Celestron 8-24mm Zoom eyepiece: $70.00
- -Constellations National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: $9.95
- -Starry Night Software CD
- -Extra battery (AAA) for the finder scope: $3.00
- -Red/White 3-LED Headlamp: $6.00
- -Laminated and spiral bound instructions and Moon User’s Guide: $8.00
- -Miscellaneous parts & tools: $8.00
- -Belt pack for holding telescope necessities: $7.00
Total: roughly $325 (plus shipping costs from online retailers)
Fines & Fees:
$5 per day for overdue
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.
About the Telescope Kit:
The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society “selected the Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope for the library, along with a zoom eyepiece 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 ‘beginner’ 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.” (from the NHAS website)