Our telescopeHave you dreamed of taking a closer look at the moon? Or Mars? Or Venus? Now you can!

With funding provided by the Wakefield Rotary Club, the Library is pleased to circulate an Orion Starblast telescope to Wakefield residents interested in learning more about the night sky.

This opportunity comes to us through the Aldrich Astronomical Society, based in Paxton, MA, and their Library Telescope Program. Their goal is 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. They have partnered with public libraries to make telescopes accessible to more of the public.

If you are a Wakefield resident over 18 with a library card in good standing, you may borrow our telescope! We will start circulating it in January 2016. In order to check it out, you must:

  • Make a reservation online.
  • Go straight to the Youth Room Desk for checkout. Let them know you have reserved the telescope.
  • Sign a Telescope Borrowing Agreement at the Youth Room Desk and receive a brief orientation on the telescope.
  • The telescope will be checked out right there and you will be able to take it with you.

Rules and Responsibilities

  • The telescope will circulate for one (1) week.
  • The overdue fine for the telescope is $5.00 per day. The patron will pay the $350 replacement cost if the telescope is overdue more than 2 weeks or the telescope is lost or damaged beyond repair.
  • If the telescope is damaged, the patron will be charged a fee based on the cost of repairs.
  • The borrower is responsible for all items included with telescope. If any of these items is damaged or lost, the borrower will pay a replacement fee.

Items included with Telescope

  • Laminated user’s manual
  • Head lamp/red light
  • Audubon Society pocket guide
  • Red pouch on telescope
  • Bin with two pillows
  • Cardboard buffer
  • Hubble the duck!  Take pictures with Hubble and the kids to share on social media!

The telescope has been modified for library use, but you still want to be careful while using it. Green dots mark parts you can (and should!) adjust. Included in its pouch, you will find a laminated instruction manual, which you should read before use. It is also available online.

  • Never look directly at the sun through the telescope or its finder scope, even for a moment. Permanent eye damage could result. Even pointing the telescope at the sun could result in telescope parts melting. The Library will not be held liable for any injuries incurred as a result of telescope use.
  • Do not allow children to use the telescope unsupervised.
  • Do not leave the telescope outdoors when not in use.
  • Keep the dust caps on when the telescope is not in use.
  • Do not remove pieces or adjust parts.
  • Leave cleaning of the telescope to library staff; do not use cleaners or cloths on mirrors or lenses.
  • When transporting the telescope, please use a seatbelt to secure it in the vehicle.
  • Be sure to turn off the easy finder when you are done using the telescope!

At the LiProduct Detailsbrary

We have a wealth of resources at the library. Look in our catalog for specific topics, or browse in Adult nonfiction or Children’s nonfiction in the 520s.

We also host programs related to the telescope, so come in and try it before you bring it home! Look at our brochure for upcoming events.

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