Telescope Checkout Policies

Solar Telescope Check-Out

Jefferson County Library has obtained one solar telescopes which will be available for K-12 educators to check out. The telescope has been donated to the library by the St. Louis Astronomical Society as part of its library telescope program. 

The Sunspotter solar telescopes were given to several public libraries in the St. Louis area by the St. Louis Astronomical Society during the 2017 solar eclipse. The Sunspotters use a small refracting telescope and a set of mirrors to project an image of the Sun onto a white screen, which several people can see simultaneously. Features of the Sun’s surface, such as sunspots, are also viewable on clear days using a Sunspotter.

The solar telescope can be checked out for five days; it is only being offered only to educators at this time. Educators must call the library to book the telescope: 636-296-2204. The Sunspotter solar telescope will include directions and an information package. The telescope is housed at the Arnold Branch and it must be checked out and returned there.

Night Time Telescope Check-Out

Jefferson County Library now has six telescopes that are available for checkout. Two telescopes are housed at each JCL Branch location.

Loan rules for the telescopes

What you will find with the Telescope

All of the following items are included in the unit that is checked out to customers:

o   Orion StarBlast™ 4.5” Astro Reflector Telescope with Base

o   Celestron 8-24 mm zoom lens (attached to telescope)

o   Red dot finder (attached to telescope)

o   Camera bag (with the following included in it)

o   National Audubon Society Pocket Guide

o   Headlamp

o   Laminated instruction manual (flip guide)