Three Orion Starblast telescopes are available for checkout at the Fountain Hills Branch Library. The scopes were donated by Dr. Craig Gimbel, Fountain Hills resident and co-founder of the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club. Any patron 18 or older with a valid Maricopa County Library Card can check one of the telescopes out for up to one week, with renewals allowed unless there is a waiting list.
Links to five short instructional videos are available on the Library website so patrons can view the videos and get familar with the operation of the telescopes before taking them outside at night. Library staff have also been trained on the use of the telescopes and will be able to answer questions at checkout time. The Astronomy Club is very excited about this development, and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity!