Longmont Astronomical Society

Library Telescope Program

The concept of the library telescope program is that library patrons will be able to check out telescopes from their library similar to how they check out books and other media.

This will provide them with hands-on experience of viewing objects in our universe with a small, easy to use, and high quality telescope. With it they may see the moon and its craters, Jupiter and its bands, Saturn and its rings, and many of the brighter star clusters and nebulae.

The Longmont Astronomical Society has donated telescope kits to the libraries below. Click on a library name to see about borrowing one:

Longmont Public Library  We donated 5 telescope kits in the fall of 2014 and early 2015. We received a grant from the Horkheimer Foundation for a sixth telescope in September 2015; the items to complete that kit were also donated by LAS. Be sure to check out the video 'To Scale: The Solar System' on the library page linked to above.

Louisville Public Library  On June 1, 2016 we donated 2 telescope kits and received a Horkheimer Foundation grant for a third telescope; we also donated items to complete that kit.

Carbon Valley Library District  We donated 3 telescope kits and assembled kits for an additional 6 on October 1, 2017.

Broomfield Public Library  We donated 2 telescope kits in January 2018.  


Here's what comes in each kit:

  • Orion StarBlast 4.5” Altazimuth reflector telescope
    • Orion EZ-Finder (attached to telescope)
    • Celestron Zoom Eyepiece (attached to telescope)
  • Laminated Instruction Manual
  • Book: NightWatch – A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terrence Dickinson
  • Headlamp
  • Tote 


‘You have to have the imagination to recognize a discovery when you make one.'


                -Clyde Tombaugh; discovered Pluto in 1930


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