Through the vision of the Horkheimer Charitable Fund, the Astronomical League is offering a free Library Telescope to a lucky Astronomical League club in each of the ten AL regions. The Library Telescope consists of an Orion 4.5 inch StarBlast Dobsonian (or equivalent) and a Celestron 8-24 mm zoom eyepiece (or equivalent), and a name plate commemorating the late Jack Horkheimer. The value of this opportunity is approximately $300; the potential of the program is enormous.
The Library Telescope Program was initiated by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. Clubs donate an easy-to-use, portable telescope with quality optics and a sturdy mount to their local library. Patrons can then check it out as they do books. Full details of this wonderful program can be found at https://www.astroleague.org/content/library-telescope-program
The winning entry for each region will be drawn at the annual Astronomical League Business meeting held at ALCon in Las Cruces on about July 11. Only one club per region will win for a total of ten telescope–eyepiece combinations being presented. The telescope, eyepiece, and accompanying commemorative plate will be mailed to the winning clubs in the two weeks following ALCon.
By entering the drawing for the telescope, the club agrees to modify the telescope and zoom eyepiece, and have the telescope library-ready within three months of receipt. The Astronomical League would like a photograph of the modiﬁed telescope being presented to the library. It may be used in the Reﬂector and may be used at some point as promotional material.
Submit the completed entry form to HorkheimerLiTel@astroleague.org so that the Astronomical League national office receives it by July 1, 2015. If mailed, the entry should be postmarked no later than July 1, 2015.