To expand access to STEM-related learning tools and materials, the Library has partnered with Dean Regas, astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory, opens a new window, to circulate five Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch astronomical telescopes for use by library cardholders.
How to Check Out a Telescope
Checking out a telescope is easy! All you need is a Library card in good standing, with less than $10 in fines. Use the online reservation system, opens a new window to view availability and to reserve your 21-day pass.
The telescopes must be checked out from and returned to the following branch libraries:
- Avondale Branch Library
- Elmwood Place Branch Library
- Madisonville Branch Library
- Pleasant Ridge Branch Library
- Westwood Branch Library
Visit our reservation system, opens a new window to get started! (Select "Cincinnati Observatory Telescope" in the dropdown menu to view telescope availability.)
You will receive training from a Library staff member when picking up a telescope. The telescope will come with two eye pieces, an Orion EZ Finder II Reflex Sight, a star chart, and two of Dean Regas' books to help enrich your experience.
Get Familiar With The Astronomical Telescopes
Watch this video overview featuring Dean Regas to learn more about using the telescopes.