Telescopes at CALS

About the Program

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have partnered to make fourteen telescopes available for lending to CALS cardholders. The telescopes are 4.5" Orion StarBlast Newtonian instruments that gather several hundred times more light than the unaided eye and magnify up to 56 times. They are particularly suited to observing the moon and the brighter planets, such as Saturn and Jupiter, and, under proper conditions, "deep sky" objects, such as star clusters.

Cardholders who wish to borrow a telescope will be required to submit a signed copy of the Telescope Borrower Contract. To review the lending terms, download a copy of the contract here »

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Using the Telescopes

Explore the night sky in an introduction to star gazing. Learn basic telescope operation and care, plus how to easily view the moon and planets.

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Stargazing 101

Thursday, January 19 • 6:00 p.m.

Milam Library, 609 Aplin Ave., Perryville, AR

Explore the night sky in an introduction to star gazing. Learn basic telescope operation and care, plus how to easily view the moon and planets.

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CALS Star Party

Thursday, February 16 • 7:00 p.m.

Natural Steps Sports Complex (next to Pinnacle Mountain)

Shani Atwood of CALS will lead a tour of the night sky using our new lending telescopes, as we view stars, constellations, galaxies, and other deep sky objects (weather permitting). Dress warm for an evening outdoors! Event is free and held at Natural Steps Sports Complex near Pinnacle Mountain.

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Pinnacle Mountain Star Party

Saturday, May 13 • 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Visitors Center, Pinnacle Mountain

CALS joins members of the Central AR Astronomical Society in hosting this all-ages public star party. Clouds permitting, the evening's telescopic sights will include several planets, the moon, and other celestial objects depending upon what is in the sky that night. Light refreshments provided.

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