Telescope will be on loan at library |

Telescope will be on loan at library

Orion StarBlaster
Submitted photo |

Interested in trying your hand at astronomy? Always wanted to gaze at the galaxies but never had the opportunity? Thanks to the generosity of the Nevada County Astronomers, the Madelyn Helling Library is lending out an Orion StarBlaster 4.5 telescope for free to library card holders.

Bill Thomas of the Nevada County Astronomers is passionate about stargazing and wants to share his love of astronomy with as many people as possible. When he won an Orion telescope in a drawing, he decided there was no better way to give wide access to his hobby than through the public library.

Following guidelines from other astronomy clubs, Thomas modified the portable telescope to improve its durability. The easy-to-use telescope, which is lightweight and can be simply strapped into a car with a seatbelt for travel, comes with two eyepieces, a star map, and instructions. It is powerful enough to see details of the Moon and Saturn’s rings, yet simple enough for anyone to use. The Nevada County Astronomers will be providing the library with ongoing support in education and maintenance of the telescope.

The telescope is available for check out from the Madelyn Helling Library for one week at a time. If you would like to see if it is available or put your name on the request list, call the library’s main number at 265-7050.

The Nevada County Astronomers is a state-chartered nonprofit educational organization, promoting public awareness of astronomy. They hold public sky watches, demonstrations, presentations, and discussions, all free of charge. Visit for a calendar of events, information, newsletters, and links to astronomy-related sites.

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