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Orion Partners with Cornerstones of Science

Gale Public Library, Newington, NH

Gale Public Library, Newington, NH

Orion Telescopes and Binoculars is proud to partner with the Cornerstones of Science STAR (Sharing Telescopes and Astronomical Resources) Program to provide Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch telescopes affordably to libraries throughout the United States.

The STAR program fosters interest in astronomy by getting quality telescopes into the hands of the public. Checking out the telescope as they would a book, people can explore the wonders of the night sky at home. The program is an accessible way to make hands-on science fun and give people a greater appreciation for astronomy.

Based on a successful program implemented by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society (NHAS) that began with 2 telescopes in 2008 and has grown to over 60 local libraries in New Hampshire (2012), STAR is now active in 24 states (and counting!) including:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin

STAR Program Participating States

The modified Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch Telescope comes complete with a simple instruction book and guides to additional resources (such as books, websites, and most importantly, local astronomers and clubs). Each telescope is modified and upgraded to help assure a positive user experience.

To learn more about how you can get involved and help to bring a telescope to your local library, contact Cornerstones' Executive Director Cynthia Randall.