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Orion Partners with the International Library Telescope Task Force

Orion Telescopes and Binoculars is proud to partner with International Library Telescope Task Force to provide Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch telescopes affordably to libraries throughout the United States and Canada.

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The library telescope program places telescopes in local public libraries allowing greater general access to telescopes since they can be put into circulation just as a book.

Where applicable, a local Club member acts as a foster parent to the scope. He or she will periodically clean and adjust the telescope, and act as a local astronomical resource to library patrons. Additionally, a library member or student from a local school could be engaged as an s an apprentice astronomer.

The library telescope was launched in 2008 by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. Public libraries and science organizations from around the globe are adopting the program. The program currently operates in 6 countries with 890+ library outlets.

The Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch Astronomical Telescope comes complete with a simple instruction book and guides to additional resources (such as books, websites, and most importantly, local astronomers and clubs). The Orion StarBlast was chosen for the program as it is easy to use, robust, durable and patron friendly. The telescope is a manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common "beginners" telescopes.

To learn more about how you can get involved and help to bring a telescope to your local library please visit and/or