Thanks to a Grant from StarNet and NASA@MyLibrary, The Vermont Astronomical Society, and the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library, we now have a full size telescope available for 1-week loan! You can place a hold on the telescope just like you would place a hold on a book, through the library's catalog

If you've already borrowed the telescope, or would like to, we ask that you watch the following video about telescope use and care. 

This video was created by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. If you have further questions about the FFL telescope, please contact akolosovskiy@burlingtonvt.gov.

 

FAQ

What kind of telescope does Fletcher Free Library own?

The library's telescope is an Orion Funscope 4.5" table top Reflector Telescope. You can find out more about this telescope and view a copy of the manual on Orion's website.

What's your Telescope loan policy?

When you come to the library to pick up the telescope, you'll need to sign a copy of our loan agreement. You can see a copy of it below:

 

Fletcher Free Library Telescope Borrowing Agreement 

In checking out Fletcher Free Library’s Orion FunScope Astro Dazzle 4.5" Telescope you are assuming full responsibility for any damage, loss or theft of the device or any of its parts while it is checked out to you. Borrowers must be 18 years of age or older and a library member in good standing. 

1.  The telescope is checked out for 7 days on a first-come, first-served basis.  A signed borrowing agreement will be required each time the telescope is checked out.   

2.  If the telescope or accessories are lost, stolen, or damaged the borrower will be responsible for the replacement cost of the telescope and accessories (up to $410) .

______Telescope with front dust covers $199.99 

______Eyepiece with dust cover $70 

______Finder scope $39.99 

______Accessories pack $78 

______Moon map and "don't look at the sun" decals $10 

______Planisphere $9.99 

 

3.  I agree to  

____watch the instructional video  

____ carry as instructed  

____secure when transporting  ( on seat with shoulder strap ) 

 

A Late fee of $5.00 per day will be assessed and full replacement charged at 7 days overdue 

I borrowed the telescope, now what?

We're excited for you! The first place to start is the video at the top of this screen. It will teach you telescope basics and safe handling. 

Viewing tips from the New Hampshire Astronomical Society:

Plan your telescope viewing session ahead of time with the web app Stellarium. 

I lost/broke something that comes with the telescope. What do I do?

Let us know when return the telescope. We'll determine if we can make a replacement/repair. Please don't try to purchase a replacement or make any repairs yourself.

 

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