Telescope loan scheme

We believe that all, especially young people, should look up at the night skies and see for themselves the Solar System and the Universe they live in. However access to telescopes at a suitable time/place and being safe can be difficult. To help ease this problem, we’ve been talking to those who have perhaps replaced their telescopes or found that eye sight isn’t as it was about providing their old telescopes to Bath Astronomers to be loaned out to keen young people to enjoy the skies from their homes. Contact us if you know someone who might benefit.

The following telescopes are available to loan:

The Meade DS-2080AT-LNT is a 80mm f/10 refractor with a goto mount and a red dot finder. It has a diagonal and 26mm(x31) and 9.7mm(x81) eyepieces; both 1.25″. It comes with a reproduction Meade manual and we’d recommend attendance at one of the Wellow observing sessions with a parent to learn how best to use the telescope.

Slightly more technical to set up as you need to use the electronic handcontroller but once mastered, it is a doddle. The sightscope has sensors in it to help align the scope so it removes the chores of getting everything level and pointing North.

The Europa 150 f8 Newtonian reflector is 6″ in diameter with a focal length of 1200mm; it uses Orion Optics. It is on a Sky Scan 2001 manual equatorial mount. It has a 6 x 30mm sight scope and comes with a x2 barlow, and 25mm(x48) and 10mm(x120) eyepieces; all 1.25″. It has a polar scope fitter for easier alignment. Photos shown without counterweight (I forgot to put it on!). It comes with a reproduction Europa/Orion Optics manual and we’d recommend attendance at one of the Wellow observing sessions with a parent to learn how best to use the telescope.

More substantial than the Meade refractor and some heavy-ish parts to drop on toes so a little caution required.

Conditions of loans:

Kit will be loaned to a young person (e.g. 8 to 17 years old) who has a new interest in observing but doesn’t have their own kit.  They will need to be members of Bath Astronomers/WHS or the daughter/son of a member to qualify for the loan. The loan will be reviewed at an agreed period or every 3 months (whichever is shortest) to check it is still required.

Contact us if you know someone who might benefit.