Telescope Lending



New! Stop by an CHPL eclipse viewing party near you on Monday, April 8! Eclipse glasses will be provided at the parties while supplies last.

To expand access to STEM-related learning tools and materials, the Library has partnered with Dean Regas and the Cincinnati Observatory, opens a new window to circulate 10 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 and/or no items 12 days or more overdue. Call or visit one of the branch libraries listed below to reserve your 7-day pass.

The telescopes must be checked out from and returned to the following branch libraries:

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.

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