About the Telescopes

The telescope available for checkout is a 4.5″ Orion StarBlast that will gather several hundred times more light than the naked eye, and magnify up to 60 times.  It is suitable for observing the moon, brighter planets such as Saturn and Jupiter, and it is capable of “splitting” some double stars.

With its F/4 Newtonian optical design, the instrument is particularly suited to wide-field views of bright comets, and many “deep sky” objects, such as star clusters, nebulae and even some of the larger galaxies.

Library Telescope Manual [Adobe PDF] [MS Word 2013]

Please view this short video (12 min) on the LTP program and how to properly use the telescope.

Star Blast Side View

To activate the finder scope, use the round knob on the side. Turn the knob all the way to its farthest position. It may take up to five seconds before the laser becomes visible.  Turn the knob in reverse to lower brightness.

Finder Scope

With the power on, you can see the red dot in the center. Please always remember to turn the finder OFF when not in use!

Laser Finder