Union County Homes: Two Libraries Are Unveiling The Library Telescope Program

Two Libraries Are Unveiling The Library Telescope Program

On Thursday, June 1st, 2017 the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library are kicking off The Library Telescope Project in New Jersey!  Both libraries received a donation of a fully outfitted reflecting telescope.  The funds for the first two telescopes were donated by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and the fabrications to the telescopes were made by members of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI) in Cranford.  

The telescopes are modified Orion Starblast 4.5 reflectors.  The telescope design was created by Issac Newton (these are Newtonian Telescopes) and are mounted on a single arm altazimuth tabletop mount.  Several modifications were made to make the telescopes more "user-friendly" and to make it impossible to lose the covers.  A zoom eyepiece was added, giving the telescope a low power of just under 20X to high power of 56X.  There is also a "moon port" on the front dust cover to give better contrast when looking at the moon.  Users will be able to see mountains and craters on the moon, Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons and Great Red Spot and much more with these telescopes. 

The telescopes will be available to township residents only.  Patrons will be able to borrow the instrument for one week.  

The Fanwood Memorial Library is holding a kickoff party for their telescope today at 7pm!  We hope to see you there!

Would you like this in your town?




~ Wayne & Jean 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsWayne and Jean Marie Zuhl • May 30 2017 08:40PM


Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl These instruments are very expensive and I hope the residents of Cranford realize the opportunity placed before them. Just wonderful!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 3 years ago

Sounds like a really nice program, and thanks for sharing the info!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 3 years ago

Hi Wayne and Jean - I know both of you will take full advantage of these maybe even give a presentation.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

I'd really like to take the time to look in one of those big telescopes One day soon and explore the stars!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 3 years ago

Wow .. unbelievable that they are allowing patrons to borrow these telescopes, Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl.  Great equipment ... and quite costly!  Kudos to the libraries sponsoring this program ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 3 years ago

this will probably be life changing for some child who gets to see the stars for the first time.

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 3 years ago