Library Telescope Project
In 2016 NWA Space purchased a specially modified telescope for the Bentonville Public Library. NWA Space partnered with Sugar Creek Astronomical Society to provide maintenance on the telescope that was placed into the lending collection. The telescope was available for a 1 week checkout. Quickly the waiting list for the telescope exceeded all expectations.
NWA Space raised funds and received a matching grant to purchase 8 more telescopes. These telescopes have been modified for simplicity of use
Two more telescopes are currently being modified by NWA Space board members. A second telescope for the Carroll County Library system will go to the library in Berryville and a third telescope will be delivered to Bentonville Public Library.
The funds needed to maintain these telescope are small, but more libraries have requested telescopes. Each modified telescope includes a manual, constellation guide from the Audubon Society, lens cleaning brush, and red-light headlamp in a bag strapped to the telescope. The telescope and kit cost $375 each.
To sponsor your library for a telescope click the button and make a donation.
Orion 4.5 StarBlast Telescope These telescopes become part of the lending collection at participating libraries.