FANWOOD, NJ - Community members are invited to explore the skies with Fanwood Library’s new telescope on Thursday, June 1st, at 7:00 p.m. A member of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI) will be on hand to guide the outdoor viewing and teach participants how to use the telescope.
The event kicks off the Library’s new Telescope Lending Program. Resident cardholders will be able to borrow the telescope for up to a week. A raffle will be held at the June 1st event to see who gets to take home the telescope first.
Scotch Plains Public Library will have a telescope to lend its resident card holders as well. The Orion Starblast Telescopes were donated to the libraries by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and modified by the AAI to make them easier to use. The telescope power has not been modified. AAI says, depending on the night, users will be able to see craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn, and even tell the difference between a red and blue star. The telescopes come with a user manual, constellation guidemoon map and headlamp.
The AAI is non-profit educational organization promoting public awareness of astronomy. You can visit them every Friday at the William Mill Sperry Observatory located in the Cranford campus of Union County College.
For more information on the telescope lending program or any of our programs visit or call (908) 322-6400. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.