How do I check out the telescope? Stop by the Circulation Desk and use your library card to check out the telescope like any other item. NOTE: You will be asked to complete a Telescope Borrowing Agreement prior to borrowing and you may not borrow a telescope if you have any lost items on your card.
How long can I keep the telescope? You can borrow it for one week with no renewals. How should I return the telescope? The telescope must be returned to a staff member at the Circulation Desk.
What is the fine if the item is damaged or lost? The borrower will be assessed all costs associated with damage, loss or theft of the telescope and any of its peripheral parts. The full replacement cost is $350.00.
Liability: The Billerica Public Library will not be held liable for any injuries incurred as a result of telescope use or handling. Children under 18 must be supervised at all times when handling or using the telescope.
The telescope comes with the following parts, which must be returned with the item:
1 Orion Telescope
1 Zippered Pouch
1 Instruction Manual
1 Pocket Guide to Constellations
1 Telescope Packing and Transport Tutorial
1 Guide to the Stars
1 Cardboard Disc
Proper Care and Use:
Keep the telescope in a clean, dry, dust-free environment
Do not expose the telescope to rapid temperature changes and humidity
Do not store the telescope or its peripherals outdoors
Use the dust caps to protect the front of the telescope and the focuser when not in use
Turn off the range finder when not in use
Do not lend the telescope to anyone while it is in your possession
Watch the video below from the New Hampshire Astronomical Society to learn more about how the telescope works:
Safety: Permanent eye damage can result from looking directly at the sun through the telescope or its finder scope. Even pointing the telescope at the sun could result in the melting of telescope parts.
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