Alachua Astronomy Club donated a modified Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch Dobsonian reflector as a telescope that can be checked out by library card holders. This 13-pound telescope, presented on September 29, is easy to use, very portable and comes with quality optics. Learn how novice observers can easily obtain their ﬁrst views of the moon and its craters, Jupiter and its Galilean satellites, and Saturn and its rings. Brighter deep sky objects can be seen, as well.
Alachua Astronomy Club received a grant from the Astronomical League to fund this “Library Loaner Scope” program which makes a low cost, quality telescope available for check out, just like books. The telescope is available only at the Newberry Branch and may be borrowed for four weeks by a current library card holder 18 years or older with photo ID. In order to offer quicker access, renewal check outs are not available.
Learn some more about astronomy and stargazing by checking out some of these library materials, or visit your local library branch for more information.
Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell
The new astronomy guide : stargazing in the digital age by Patrick Moore
Rocket science for the rest of us : cutting-edge concepts made simple by Ben Gilliland
DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS and CDs
Black hole blues (and other songs from outer space) by Janna Levin
The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is by Roberto Trotta
Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey
How the universe works