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CALS Expands Telescope Lending Program, Plans Educational Series

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has purchased new telescopes for the CALS Telescope Program with funds from an Arkansas Space Grant Consortium grant and the assistance of our partner for this program, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society (CAAS). There are now 30 telescopes available for CALS patrons to borrow. Thanks to the partnership with CAAS, patrons will also have opportunities in January to learn about astronomy and the telescope program.d The telescopes are 4.5” Orion StarBlast Newtonian instruments and will gather several hundred times more light than the unaided eye and magnify up to 56 times.  These small, portable scopes are particularly suited to observing the moon and the brighter planets, such as Saturn, Jupiter, and under proper conditions …

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