The library has a new telescope which is available for checkout!
The New Hampshire Astronomical Society, which (subsidized by a grant from the Friends of Derry Public Libraries) provided the telescope to the Library, is a wholly volunteer New Hampshire chartered non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering public awareness of Astronomy. This is accomplished via public observing sessions, demonstrations, astronomical slide shows, discussions, and talks. NHAS provides these services on request and free of charge to any organization, including schools, libraries, clubs, etc.
NHAS has selected the Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope for the libraries, along with a zoom eye piece and supportive material. They have re-written the instruction manual and provide a laminated, spiral-bound 4 by 6 inch copy with each scope. The telescope is easy to use and is robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common “beginners” telescopes. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer. This is a quality instrument, reviewed by a number of astronomical publications and found quite worthy
Check out the NH Astronomical Society website to find more information about this program.
The Derry Public Library is pleased to offer this telescope to patrons to be checked out for a two-week period. You may place a request on it directly from our catalog: http://findit.gmilcs.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?pos=2 or call the library at 432-6140 for more information.