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You can now use your library card to check out an Orion StarBlast telescope to use in your own backyard!

The telescope was generously donated to the Nantucket Atheneum in memory of John and Claire Wall by their children with thanks to Karen Wall.

A dedication ceremony and educational presentation about the telescope will take place Tuesday, June 4th, at 4PM in the Great Hall.

The telescope will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society Inc. (AAS) as part of their Library Telescope Program. The AAS, founded in 1932, is one of the oldest astronomy clubs in the United States. Their program is dedicated to promoting an understanding of the night sky and providing access to telescopes for library patrons and families.

The Orion StarBlast telescope is very simply designed, comes with instructions and sits comfortable on a table. Included with the telescope is also a planisphere, which is a wheel that will show you the night sky overhead for your area and some ideas as to what to look for, month by month.

If you are at least 18 years old with a CLAMS card in good standing, you can check out the Orion StarBlast telescope for ONE weeks. The kit also contains a manual, constellation guide, compass and headlamp. Telescopes can be reserved but not renewed.

After June 10th, check it out at the Reference Desk for more information and availability.