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Memorial Hall Library


What is it? 

It's an Orion StarBlast 4.5" Altazimuth Reflector telescope. Portable but sturdy. Great for star parties. We have two of these telescopes for lending thanks to the Friends of MHL and the Aldrich Astronomical Society.

Please do not look directly at the sun using the telescope.

Who is it for? 

Anyone who's interested in amateur astronomy. Especially good for seeing the moon's craters up close, or for seeing the Galilean satellites orbiting Jupiter.

What is included? 

The telescopes come with an easy-to-use instruction manual, a pocket guide of constellations, and magnification chart.

How does it work? 

The included instruction sheet should tell you all you need to know, but you can also view the manual here.

What you need 

A clear night, preferably in a rural area with little light pollution.

The Fine Print 
  • Telescope must be borrowed from and returned to MHL.
  • Lending period is seven days. Telescopes may be renewed two times if no other patron is on hold for one.
  • Borrower must be 18 or older; picture ID required.
  • Borrower must sign the Telescope Borrowing Agreement at time of checkout.
General policies 

When you come in to pick up the telescope, you'll need to fill out and sign the MHL Telescope Lending Agreement form.