Through a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Glen Ridge, the library has a telescope that may be borrowed by any Glen Ridge Library card holder, in good standing age 18 and older.
What can be viewed with the telescope?
Anything visible in the night sky. Do NOT look at the sun through a telescope. The moon is an excellent place to start. The visibility of planets in our solar system change from season to season. Instructions for finding these objects come with the telescope when checked out.
How powerful is the telescope?
The telescope can magnify up to 75x with the included eyepieces. This is powerful enough to see Saturn's rings.
Do I need anything else to use the telescope?
The telescope comes with everything you need to have an observing session. The only thing you will need is a table or platform for the telescope to rest at a comfortable height.
Can the telescope take pictures?
The telescope itself is not equipped to take pictures, but you can take a photograph with a smartphone through the telescope eyepiece.
How do I transport the telescope? (see photos below)
The easiest way to carry the scope is place your forearm under the telescope tube when it is in a level position, and lift, holding the upright support against your side. When in a car, simply place the scope on a seat and use the seat belt to secure it. The lap belt goes across the base, and the chest belt should cross the tube. The entire unit weighs 13 lbs.
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