Library Telescope

By , July 25, 2017 2:35 pm

Coming September 15th, 2017!


The Library Telescope
The Library Telescope is made possible by the Northern Cross Science Foundation of Ozaukee County. The goal of the Library Telescope Program is to foster scientific literacy, stimulate interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

The Library Telescope is available to anyone who has a valid library card from the Monarch Library System. Patrons must present their library card at the Adult Circulation Desk at the WJ Niederkorn Public Library to check out the Telescope. The Library Telescope is available to library patrons ages 10 and up. Patrons 10-17 must have a parent or legal guardian sign an agreement form to check out the Library Telescope. The Telescope must be returned to the WJ Niederkorn Public Library during the Library’s operating hours.

The Telescope can be checked out for a period of two weeks. There are no renewals. The overdue fee is $2.00 per day for each day overdue.

Borrowing the Telescope

About the Telescope:
The telescope is an Orion Starblast 4.5 aperture reflector.  It is an easy telescope for beginners to use, yet should be able to show users the planets, including the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, and deep sky objects such as star clusters and galaxies.  It can easily be set on a sturdy table, such as a picnic table for viewing.

About Northern Cross Science Foundation:
The Northern Cross Science Foundation is a non-profit organization registered with the State of Wisconsin. The Foundation exists to promote astronomy and related sciences, and to foster public education in these fields. Our members come from all walks of life. You don’t need a telescope to look at the sky…all you need are your own eyes and a willingness to look up! Please explore this Web site to find out more about the night sky, and how you can observe it live here in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Guides for using the Telescope
Click on the following links for more instructions on how to use the Telescope. These instructions are included when you check out the telescope.
The Need for Telescopes
User Guide – Operating the Telescope
User Guide – Finding Celestial Treasures
User Guide – Planetary Positions
User Guide – The Moon
User Guide – Sky Maps
The ABCs of Stargazing
Activities – In the Footsteps of Galileo
Deep Sky Objects



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