Equipment Library

The Seattle Astronomical Society maintains a library of small and medium size telescopes that may be checked out for a period of 1 month by members in good standing. If you are new to astronomy, this is an excellent way to learn how to use a telescope and to begin viewing the wonders of the night sky, without having to invest immediately in a telescope of your own. To check out a telescope, please check out our equipment available for loan.

If you have any questions about borrowing equipment, or do not see a specific piece of equipment please reach out to our Equipment Manager.

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All our equipment is currently on loan to other members.

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The following list of equipment is currently loaned out to a member, and may include other members waiting to also borrow.

Orion StarBlast 4.5

Due back in 19 days on January 01, 2018 (Monday).

The Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ reflector telescope is suitable for beginner and intermediate astronomers. It comes with a sturdy EQ-1 equatorial tracking mount and adjustable-height tripod. Included are two eyepieces from the Orion Expanse series - a 15mm and 6mm - which have a large 66 degree apparent field of view. The included 15mm Expanse telescope eyepiece provides 30x power magnification, while the 6mm Expanse eyepiece bumps up the power all the way to 75x magnification.  An included Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight makes it easy to effectively aim the StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope anywhere in the night sky. The EZ Finder II projects a small red-dot onto a viewing window so all you have to do is move the telescope until the red-dot is aimed at the area of sky you wish to view through the telescope.

Orion StarMax 127 EQ

Due back in 20 days on January 02, 2018 (Tuesday).

127mm (5") aperture combined with a very long 1540mm focal length make the StarMax 127 a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with multiple proficiencies. Ideal telescope for sharply detailed views of planets such as Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as the Moon and brighter deep -sky gems. High-resolution imaging and visual performance in a telescope only 14.5" long!. Includes sturdy adjustable tripod and AstroView equatorial (EQ) mount for convenient slow-motion celestial tracking. Includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepiece, 6x30 finder scope, 90-degree mirror diagonal, soft case for the optical tube and accessories, EQ mount polar -alignment scope, Starry Night software, and more!

Orion Resolux 10.5x70 Astronomy Binoculars

Currently there are 2 requests to borrow this.

Resolux binoculars are our new favorite astro binoculars (and equally superb for long-distance daytime viewing), combining high-resolution, flat-field optics with rugged mechanical construction and the strict JTII spec for collimation. They are fully waterproof, and nitrogen purged to prevent internal lens fogging. The BAK-4 prisms and advanced multi-coatings on all optical surfaces really drink in the light. The eyepieces focus individually, and with 18mm or more of eye relief on each model, even eyeglass wearers will see the full field of view. The Resolux's all-metal housing is armored with thick rubber to ensure a secure, comfortable grip. Each binocular comes with tethered lens caps, heavy-duty tripod adapter, and neck strap.

These rugged 10.5-power Orion Resolux astronomical binoculars provide high-resolution views with a nice flat-field. Fully waterproof and nitrogen purged construction prevents lens fogging in damp conditions. High-quality BAK-4 prisms and advanced multi-coatings on all optical surfaces provide maximum light throughput for bright views rich in contrast. Orion's 10.5x70 Resolux binoculars are still hand holdable for short viewing sessions, and have a nice 5.0-degree field of view.

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The f-ratio is the focal length divided by the diameter of the telescope. Magnification is the focal length of the telescope divided by the focal length of the eyepiece.

Example

To find the f-ratio of a telescope 10 " in diameter with a 45" focal length:

Divide 45 " F.L. by10" D. to get an f-ratio of 4.5.

Compute Magnification

First, convert focal length to mm: 45" = 1146 mm, then:

1146 mm focal length divided by 35 mm eyepiece equals 33 magnification.

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