We are not backyard astronomers. We do it in the front so everyone can see.
Good news for Charlottetown star gazers. I delivered a six-inch Dobsonian telescope to the Robertson Library at UPEI this morning.
They now have all the components (easy-carry telescope bag, books, lens pen, etc.) necessary to start their library telescope loaner program.
I am hoping we will see the announcement of the program in the next week or two. The telescope will be available for students and the public at large. Contact the library at (902) 566-0583 for more information.
This makes another option for budding astronomers in our area. With the Charlottetown Public library having two telescopes, and the libraries in Stratford and Cornwall each having one this makes four available locally. In addition , the Montague Rotary Library also has a telescope available for public use.
Check back for another announcement shortly about another telescope loaner option.
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These wonderful telescopes are delivered in two boxes: a larger box for the optical tube itself and a smaller, flat heavier box which contains the parts of the telescope base.
Obviously the tube requires no assembly other than attaching the finderscope and eyepieces when observing. The base however, requires some assembly which is quite simple and instructions are easy to follow.
There are a few things that users should be aware of and which are not mentioned in the instructions:
when attaching the telescope base feet, ensure the screws are tightly secured. If not, you could lose one of the feet when transporting the telescope as it could work loose.
make sure that you do not over-tighten the central bolt that the base swivels on. It should not be so tight as to make the base difficult to move, yet not so loose that wind can easily move the telescope.
Tighten all other screws by hand and not with a power drill or driver.
Following these tips along with the clear directions in the box should ensure an easy assembly.
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Raffle tickets have been prepared and are being distributed to sellers.
They should have them in the next day or so. Based upon the number of folks who have asked about holding one, I would encourage people to contact one of the ticket sellers sooner rather than later. Remember we are only selling 100 tickets so they won’t last long. 0