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Explore the Universe with a Telescope Kit from Your Local Library

Posted about 1 month ago by Amber B

Posted in Arts, Crafts, & Hobbies, Education, Make U, New, Research, Science, Medicine, & Technology and Teen | Tagged with astronomy, make u, stargazing, STEAM, technology and telescopes

Have you heard about our new telescope kits?  

Included in the telescope kit is the Orion Star Blast telescope, with a 4.5" aperture and fast f/4 focal ratio which provides detailed views of solar system targets such as the Moon and planets. With the Orion Star Blast telescope, it’s also possible to view celestial objects like nebulas and star clusters, and the telescope can be assembled in a few minutes. This kit also includes:

  • Two Explorer II 1.25" Kellner telescope eyepieces (17mm and 6mm)
  • EZ Finder II reflex sight for easy aiming
  • Eyepiece rack
  • Collimation cap
  • Starry Night astronomy software
  • Carrying case

This is a great compact telescope designed for beginner level astronomy enthusiasts. 

Interested in borrowing a telescope kit? Here are a few helpful details:

  • Reservations can be made by contacting the Main Library or Point Place Branch
  • Loanable for 7 days and can be renewed twice. 
  • Can be checked out with an adult or a juvenile library card.
  • Must be checked out and returned to the same location during library hours (do not place in dropbox). 

The Orion Star Blast telescope kits make it possible explore the universe from your own backyard. The telescopes were generously donated by the Toledo Astronomical Association.

Astronomy and Stargazing Books

The Astronomy Book - contributors, David W. Hughes, Robert Dinwiddie, Penny Johnson, and Tom Jackson (DK Publishing)

The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - contributors, David W. Hughes, Robert Dinwiddie, Penny Johnson, and Tom Jackson (DK Publishing)

An essential guide to milestone developments in astronomy, telling the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos--from ancient times to the present day. From planets and stars to black holes and the Big Bang, take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Featuring topics from the Copernican Revolution to the mind-boggling theories of recent science, The Astronomy Book uses flowcharts, graphics, and illustrations to help clarify hard-to-grasp concepts and explain almost 100 big astronomical ideas. Covering the biographies of key astronomers through the ages such as Ptolemy, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Hawking, The Astronomy Book details their theories and discoveries in a user-friendly format to make the information accessible and easy to follow.

Eyes on the Sky: A Spectrum of Telescopes by Francis Graham-Smith

Eyes on the Sky: A Spectrum of Telescopes by Francis Graham-Smith

Astronomy is experiencing a golden age, with a new generation of innovative telescopes yielding a flood of information on the Universe. This book traces the development of telescopes from Galileo to the present day, and explains the basic principles of telescopes that operate in different parts of electromagnetic spectrum.

The Stars: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Cosmos by Robert Dinwiddie, David W. Hughes, Geraint Jones, Ian Ridpath, Carole Stott, and Giles Sparrow; Consultant, Jacqueline Mitton (DK Publishing)

The Stars: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Cosmos by Robert Dinwiddie, David W. Hughes, Geraint Jones, Ian Ridpath, Carole Stott, and Giles Sparrow; Consultant, Jacqueline Mitton (DK Publishing)

Packed with 3-D artworks of each constellation and incredible new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, ground-based observatories worldwide, and more, this awe-inspiring guide features the most fascinating objects known to astronomy, from glittering star-birth nebulae to supermassive black holes. The position, size, and color of every night-sky object is revealed with unprecedented clarity, and a specially commissioned 3-D model of the celestial sphere that surrounds our planet charts all 88 constellations, together forming a complete map of the sky. From the Big Bang to the search for extraterrestrial life, key areas in astronomy and cosmology are covered, and colorful infographics distill a wealth of data into an easy-to-digest visual format. Whether you want to know more about space and the night sky or are eager to take up stargazing, The Stars is your guide to exploring these fascinating marvels of the universe.

The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age by Patrick Moore

The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age by Patrick Moore

Explains the principles and techniques of astronomy in order to provide both beginners and experienced observers with the information they need to understand and enjoy the wonders of the night sky -- and to capture and share the resulting images. Beginning with what can be seen with the naked eye in both the day and nighttime skies, the author describes the origin and nature of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, and distant galaxies and a host of other extraordinary astronomical objects and how you can capture their images using a camera (or even a camera phone). For those whose interest develops further, advice is given on choosing and using a telescope, teaming it with a camera, and capturing the sort of images, which, until recently, could only be obtained with professional instruments. This book includes full star atlases for the northern and southern hemispheres to help you track down what you can see on any night of the year.

101 Objects to See in the Night Sky by Robin Scagell

101 Objects to See in the Night Sky by Robin Scagell

A fun and practical guide to identifying and observing 101 of the most fascinating and exciting sights in the northern night sky." Explains what can be seen using the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell

Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell

A comprehensive introduction to an increasingly popular leisure pursuit. The book's flexi-paperback format makes it easy to use while telescope viewing, a welcome feature for the growing number of stargazers. The rapid growth in astronomy is due in large part to the opportunity amateurs have to contribute to scientific research.

Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy by Paul E. Kinzer

Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy by Paul E. Kinzer

How do I get started in Astronomy? Should I buy binoculars or a telescope? What can I expect to see? This wonderful informal guide has all the answers for an absolute beginner to get started observing the night sky. It begins with advice on how to choose appropriate and affordable equipment and accessories, and covers basic stargazing techniques, from observing with the naked eye to binoculars and telescopes. It then takes you on a tour of the night sky, covering the Moon, Sun, stars, planets, and more. Photos taken by the author, himself, will show how objects in the sky actually look through modest amateur equipment. Whether you are a parent thinking of buying a telescope for your children, or a newcomer yourself, this book has all you need to know to take the first steps into the fascinating world of astronomy.

Related Astronomy Websites

How to Enjoy Your New Telescope: Advice for Beginner Skywatchers - Space.com

How to Use A Telescope: 16 Essential Steps to Loving the Night Sky - Love the Night Sky

Seeing and Transparency Guide - The Astronomical League

Orion Star Blast Telescope Review and Summary - Astronomy.com

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope - Telescope.com

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