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Ann Arbor District Library Telescope Collection

AADL, in partnership with the University Lowbrow Astronomers, is pleased to provide a circulating telescope collection! The Orion Starblast 4.5" Astro Reflector Telescope is the perfect family-friendly scope for entry-level and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts. You can check out telescopes from (and return them to) any branch location. The telescopes circulate for two weeks, with an option for renewal if there are no outstanding requests. Check the AADL catalog for availability.

Telescope features:
  • grab-and-go portability
  • stable base for easy set up and manual tracking of objects
  • 8-24 mm zoom eyepiece to help frame the object for the best view
  • 4.5" aperture and f/4 focal ratio for bright, detailed views of the Moon and planets, as well as wide-field deep space objects like star clusters
  • EZ Finder II sight for easy aiming
  • Telescope accessories:
  • a Lens Pen (a pen-shaped tool for safe cleaning of optical lens surfaces)
  • two red flashlights to preserve night vision
  • Constellations, a National Audubon Society Pocket Guide
  • instruction manual, including observing tips, moon map, and eyepiece magnification chart
  • Quick Start Comic Guide
  • portable case (36" x 16") with wheels

Tips to help you get the most out of your viewing experience

What celestial objects will I be able to find?

Questions about using your telescope? Email one of our volunteers at

Remember to Never Point Your Telescope at the Sun!