Two Libraries Are Unveiling The Library Telescope Program

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On Thursday, June 1st, 2017 the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library are kicking off The Library Telescope Project in New Jersey!  Both libraries received a donation of a fully outfitted reflecting telescope.  The funds for the first two telescopes were donated by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and the fabrications to the telescopes were made by members of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI) in Cranford.  

The telescopes are modified Orion Starblast 4.5 reflectors.  The telescope design was created by Issac Newton (these are Newtonian Telescopes) and are mounted on a single arm altazimuth tabletop mount.  Several modifications were made to make the telescopes more "user-friendly" and to make it impossible to lose the covers.  A zoom eyepiece was added, giving the telescope a low power of just under 20X to high power of 56X.  There is also a "moon port" on the front dust cover to give better contrast when looking at the moon.  Users will be able to see mountains and craters on the moon, Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons and Great Red Spot and much more with these telescopes. 

The telescopes will be available to township residents only.  Patrons will be able to borrow the instrument for one week.  

The Fanwood Memorial Library is holding a kickoff party for their telescope today at 7pm!  We hope to see you there!

Would you like this in your town?

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Comments (6)

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl These instruments are very expensive and I hope the residents of Cranford realize the opportunity placed before them. Just wonderful!

Jun 01, 2017 06:37 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Sounds like a really nice program, and thanks for sharing the info!

Jun 01, 2017 07:32 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Wayne and Jean - I know both of you will take full advantage of these maybe even give a presentation.

Jun 01, 2017 02:34 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'd really like to take the time to look in one of those big telescopes One day soon and explore the stars!

Jun 03, 2017 08:31 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Wow .. unbelievable that they are allowing patrons to borrow these telescopes, Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl.  Great equipment ... and quite costly!  Kudos to the libraries sponsoring this program ...


Jun 20, 2017 11:55 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this will probably be life changing for some child who gets to see the stars for the first time.

Oct 01, 2017 08:19 AM