Available from your public library!
Explore the out of this world hobby of amateur astronomy @ your Library by borrowing one of our Celestron FirstScope telescopes.
Thanks to the generosity of the Department of Physics at St. Francis Xavier University the library now has three telescopes for users to borrow.
Warning: Never use the telescope to look directly at the sun. Permanent eye damage will result.
What are these telescopes for?
Telescopes are available for borrowing by anyone with a library card.
These telescopes are ideal for anyone who’s interested in amateur astronomy. They are best suited to observing the moon and the five “naked eye planets”, but can also be used to observe deep sky objects.
How long can they be borrowed?
Telescopes can be borrowed for two (2) weeks. We are not offering renewals on telescopes at this time.
How do I reserve a telescope?
You can place a hold on one of our telescopes through our online catalogue or by calling your local library. You can choose your preferred pick up library location and the library will notify you when your telescope is ready.
Click the blue button below to find the telescopes in our online Library catalogue:Telescopes: Check Availability & Place a Hold
What is included when I borrow a telescope?
The telescope kit comes with information on how to use the telescope and general observing and care tips as well as the manufacturer's instruction sheet. Each kit contains a 4mm and 20mm eyepiece.
How do I return the telescope?
Telescope kits should be returned at the designated return area inside your local library. They cannot be returned to library book drops.
Please note: Telescopes will be held for a quarantine period when returned to the library, before being loaned out again. This quarantine period is in accordance with Public Health guidelines.